Originally posted to the Les Vampires Ygroup list Aug 05
You know, I made a joking comment in a LesVamp chat recently for the
bi-annual scaremongering to begin.
Sadly, my joking comments about scaremongering are of the "half in
jest, all in deadly earnest" type. Because, amusing as it is, once
you've been around the vamp scene for a few years you'll notice that
roughly every 6 months there comes a new story of a vamp attacked by
a person or group of people that are alleged to be hunters.
The problem is that not a single one of these claims have ever been
substantiated. There is never any evidence, there are never
police incident report numbers (and whether the police "refuse to
believe" as is always claimed or whether they go ahead and
investigate, you will *always* get a case reference/incident
report/whatever your local police department chooses to call it
The central problem is that people *want* to believe in hunters.
People like to feel special and superior and deep down all vamps like
the idea of people out to kill them, it's a subconscious power trip
much like any other minor or major paranoia complex. In some cases,
it's benign, in some cases, it's harmful to the individual and the
vamp community as a whole. Every time a person concocts a story
about "hunters" (and believe me, I've seen some hilariously
unbelievable ones) others chime in with "Oh, I heard about another
group in X" or "A friend of a friend had a run in with some guy in
Y", and then a third person jumps in with some helpful advice.
The next sentence applies to everyone, regardless of race, creed,
lifestyle, or anything else:
Cultivate a healthy paranoia. It's always good to be aware of your
suroundings, of people around you, of the general situation.
BUT STOP FUCKING SCAREMONGERING. If you *personally* have a run in
with a self-proclaimed hunter;
1) Report it to the police
2) Tell everyone you know about it. Use YOUR NAME and THEIR NAME and
3) Post to the 'net, WITH A POLICE REPORT NUMBER SO WE KNOW YOU
If, however, all you have are second hand stories, bullshit, or a
person that's disappeared (one with a fucking history of disappearing
no less. "OMG, He's gone for the sixth time this year! Let's all
fucking panic about it!") for a short while, shut the fuck up.
It is everyone's duty to learn to defend themselves if need be. It is
everyone's responsibility to themselves to keep themselves safe and
secure, and help others achieve the same ends. It it *not* your job
to go around shouting warnings and adding two and two in ANY
situation and come up with 5, let alone doing so and then then
posting about it and creating a general panic.
For those of you reading all these stories, take them with a more-
than-generous helping of salt. Not a single one of these "hunter
warnings" in all the years I've been online have ever been verified
as truth. In fact, after the first message and the resulting few
weeks of scaremongering and panicing by the newbies, the incident is
always completely forgotten about and never mentioned again.
If "hunters" were a serious threat, there would be far more talk, and
far more FACTS, about the groups and individuals as well as a
significant caselog. You do get the odd psychotic or sociopath that
does indeed claim to be a hunter or a slayer and does indeed kill
someone claiming them to be a bloodsucking revenant. However, not a
single one of their "victims" thus far has been (confirmed as) what
we consider a "real vamp", these are just nutters attacking people
completely randomly due to their delusions. These people are just the
other side of the coin to the delusional psychotics that believe
themselves to be bloodsucking revenants and end up in the newspapers
after killing a few people.
Consider this in relation to the above; there are dozens of news
stories in printed press and available online about the latter of the
two types of psychotic, yet only 3 I know of of the former. You what
what this means? YOU are far more likely to be attacked by a
delusional psychotic claiming to be a vampire than you are to be
attacked by a delusional psychotic claiming to be a hunter.
In fact and in addition to the above; You are statistically far more
likely to be robbed (burglarised), mugged, raped, or be attacked
purely at random by a passing drunk than have ANY form of psychopath
or sociopath attack you, especially for the reason that you're a
bloodsucker and he is under the delusion of being a hunter.
Danny (moderator for common fucking sense)