I have wasted about a week arguing about gun law with some asshat on FB. It's a guy with an Italian last name but his first name is spelled all wrong for an Italian, it's spelled Spanish-like. Maybe his mama didn't know how to spell in Italian, or he's part hispanic, or more likely he's a sock puppet. He also seemed to be awake to rebut me immediately at any and all hours of the day and night. But just in case he's just a sleepless loser, not being paid to be a troll, I will not repeat his name here.
This guy used every troll trick in the book, pretty much, but his favorite one is straw man argument. It took me a while to realize that is what he was doing. He was taking some little thing I said each time and drawing a ridiculous parallel, pretending that was what I had said, and then making fun of it.
For example when I asked what business was it of the government's how much food or ammo someone had, and asked how much was too much, he pretended I had been talking about a civilian having chemical weapons, and then told me how stupid and dangerous that was. WTF?
Eventually I told him I was going to contribute double to the NRA in his honor, and then he started in with the ad hominem attacks. Even when other people in the thread told him to stay civil he continued to snark while pretending to apologize. But I think by pointing out the straw man and ad hominem attacks I won. Although he will pretend otherwise.
Actually I think my winning will really be when I let this go and get back to prepping and stumping where I'll have more of an audience instead of getting off in a corner with Mr. Snarky there.
It was like wrestling with a pig. You end up getting dirty and the pig likes it too much.
If upon a little research into WhitePages or otherwise google-stalking this guy I don't come up with enough meat space corroboration of a real person to satisfy myself that he's who he says he is, I will release my findings of Government (or Soros) Paid Troll somewhere. And hopefully that will burn his identity in the little activist circles he's haunting.
Of course they're like mushrooms, picking off the fruit doesn't kill the underlying fungus.