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Meet Utah-based Johnny Dronehunter: Defender of Privacy and Insane Idiot



What you see above is Johnny Dronehunter, the brainchild of Utah-based company SilencerCo, makers of gun silencers like the Salvo 12 (supposedly the first commercially viable shotgun suppressor) and promotional trailers that seamlessly weave personal privacy issues, overreaching government theories and gun accessories into one giant, bizarre cacophony of crazy. 

Sure, it's easy to assume Johnny Dronehunter is batshit insane, but put yourself in his shoes. Imagine you're driving through the Utah desert, minding your own business, listening to some rock & roll and all of a sudden, you look in the rear-view mirror and spot a goddamned drone on your ass.

Is this drone surveying wildlife? Who knows? Is it the property of some local 12-year-old hobbyist? Who gives a rat's ass? 

"Drones, man. I hate these guys," you think to yourself as you pull over and reach in the backseat for your shotgun (which happens to be fully outfitted with a SilencerCo Salvo 12 suppressor). "Droooooooonness," you yell while quietly blasting a "flock" of these bastards out of the crimson sky. "See you in hell," you whisper. 

As you walk from the burning carnage, you're reminded that we still don't know the truth behind Benghazi. 

The YouTube description section for this video reads, "In the not too distant future, privacy is a thing of the past. Undeniable rights degrade like the paper they were written upon, and Big Brother has a constant eye on you and your family."

This ad is just the first installment of a much longer series of "Don't trust  the guv'ment" commercials from SilencerCo. "We wanted to use this video to energize the ongoing discourse about privacy in a creative way," said CEO Josh Waldron in an e-mail interview with Vice's Motherboard. "We created Johnny Dronehunter and intend to continue a series of videos in this vein with him as the main character to represent the Americans who feel they don't have an appropriate voice in this privacy debate."

Because the best, most "appropriate voice" in any society is a big-ass shotgun with a silencer.