Florida gun owners encouraged to ‘shoot the storm’ and fire their guns at Hurricane Irma

Taking Stand your ground to an entirely new and unexpected level:

A Florida man who suggested shooting guns at Hurricane Irma out of “stress and boredom” has found that his idea has captured peoples’ imaginations – with over 46,000 signing up to join in.

Hurricane Irma is due to hit Florida on Saturday, and the state is currently experiencing the largest ever mass evacuation due to a hurricane in American history.

But Ryon Edwards, 22, came up with a novel way of amusing himself during the storm: firing bullets into it.

He started a Facebook “event”, and as of Friday evening 46,000 people say they are interested.

“A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event,” he told the BBC.

“The response is a complete and total surprise to me.

“I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.”