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Rick Warren: Son bought 'unregistered gun'
April 11th, 2013
08:15 PM ET

Rick Warren: Son bought 'unregistered gun'

By Greg Botelho, CNN

(CNN)–High-profile Pastor Rick Warren tweeted Thursday that his son who shot himself late last week had bought an "unregistered gun" from "someone over the internet."

"I pray he seeks God's forgiveness," wrote Warren, a best-selling author and the head of Saddleback Church, referring to whoever sold his son the gun. "I forgive him."

https://twitter.com/RickWarren/status/322434892828917760

Law enforcement authorities have the gun they believe Matthew Warren used to kill himself, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

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Amormino said he could not say from where, or whom, the 27-year-old got the weapon. But he did confirm the gun was not registered, adding that its serial number had been scratched off.

"(The fact) the serial number is scratched off ... is going to make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to trace," Amormino said.

Matthew, the youngest of Warren's children, worked at the Saddleback Resources Warehouse, which distributes books and DVDs. He was "an important part of the church but played a quiet role," church spokeswoman Anne Krumm said.

He'd had "a fun evening" with his parents, Rick Warren wrote Saturday to the staff of his Southern California megachurch, before he committed suicide "in a momentary wave of despair."

Matthew Warren was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Mission Viejo, California, late Friday afternoon, the Orange County Coroner said. The autopsy completed Monday put the time of death at around 10 a.m. Friday.

"Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many," the church said in a statement. "Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts. Despite the best health care available, this was an illness that was never fully controlled, and the emotional pain resulted in his decision to take his life."

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Rick Warren is a pioneer of the megachurch movement who looked to translate traditional evangelical messages to a wider audience.

Warren founded Saddleback with his wife 33 years ago and wrote "The Purpose-Driven Life," a Christian self-help guide that became a mainstream best-seller. He also gave the invocation at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.

CNN's Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

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soundoff (913 Responses)
  1. SFSolstice

    Please describe "fun evening" to me Mr. Warren. Such a "fun evening" that it resulted in your son killing himself with a gun he had illegally purchased off the internet. I thought we could expect the truth from someone who preaches truth as a principle. Your son was obviously in such a state of pain that he couldn't even share it with YOU Mr. Warren. this scares me Mr. Warren. I think there is much more to this story that you are not telling us or that your son was so scared of how you might react to what was causing his pain that it was less painful to kill himself. Your response also.leads me to believe that you are okay with suicide as a way to resolve pain because you will ultimately go to a better place YOUR CHRISTIAN HEAVEN. DO PEOPLE;E WHO COMMIT SUICIDE GO TO HEAVE MR. WARREN? IF SO THEN WHY ISN'T SUICIDE AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER? i KNOW YOU ARE IN GREAT PAIN, BUT YOU HAVE SOME MORE EXPLAINING TO DO MR. WARREN.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:23 am |
  2. Julian

    Mark my words. Rick will write a book about this. It will be called, "Profit from Tradgedy." However, the profit will be financial.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:16 am |
    • Publisher

      He will need a new proofreader.

      April 12, 2013 at 3:24 am |
  3. Yeehaw

    People come, people go,
    But gun rights are here to stay

    April 12, 2013 at 2:34 am |
    • Alex

      Gun rights stay, and people go untimely.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:41 am |
    • Nordenfeldt

      Compelling registration in no way affects or changes your rights. Its already illegal for the insane or criminals to buy guns, this measure just allows the police to enforce that law. Its goal is to prevent people who should not have guns from getting guns. How can anyone sane even try to argue that this is a bad thing?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:52 am |
    • G_Edwards

      @ Nordenfeldt, when people proposed requiring ID to vote, others had a cow about how horrible that would be since it'd disenfranchise the poor, elderly, and minorities.

      Same concept, but to a larger degree. The BoR specifically calls out that the right to bear arms will not be infringed. No where does it afford the same specific protection for the right to vote. Or are you suggesting that the poor, elderly, and minorities shouldn't have the same rights as everyone else?

      Most sane people can grasp that.

      .

      April 12, 2013 at 4:14 am |
  4. Ruby M. Fletcher

    I am sorry for the family lost. I will not be so rude as to make negative comments about the situation. The family does not need these types of comments, so I am sad for the family, and will pray for them.

    April 12, 2013 at 2:29 am |
  5. Jay in Florida

    What a bunch of crock. If you wanna kill yourself, you don't need much more than a rope and a stool. The stupidity of liberals seeking to justify their crusade against our rights, knows no limits. How about we forgive this "pastor" for being a complete inept in the way he raised his son, which is what led to his suicide to begin with?

    April 12, 2013 at 2:22 am |
    • itzmeman

      Just like blaming your dad for his ineptness or should I say your foster mommy.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:37 am |
    • wehavefreshcookies

      You obviously are uneducated. Clinical depression isn't something that good parenting can prevent. It's caused by an incredibly complex set of factors, and can be incredibly difficult, if not, impossible to control. The suicide, while unfortunate, is nobody's fault. This person had a mental health problem. A disease, or sickness.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:54 am |
    • Nordenfeldt

      Of course if you had any education or intelligence, you would know better. If someone REALLY wants to commit suicide, they will find a way, true. But the majority of those who attempt suicide do so as a plea for help or as a spur of the moment thing: thats why there are six suicide 'attempts' for every suicide death. Every study on the planet has shown reducing easy access to guns reduces the suicide rate.

      Not to mention that compelling background cheks in NO way alters or removes any rights from you whatsoever.

      In other words, you fail.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:54 am |
    • gf

      If he were inept, then all of his children should turn out that way. You are accusing without just merit, it's basically coincidental. His father obviously loved him and tried to help him. Perhaps you've never struggled with depression so you criticize and condemn those who do. Perhaps you're too obtuse to realize that with a gun, a momentary wave of despair can lead to the immediate action without chance of regret. Unlike with pills, razor blades, or even hanging when the pain and shock of what you're doing can wake a person up ... obvious in that many seek help once it really hits them what they're doing, once the pain sets in and they start trying to keep themselves alive. There is not that chance with a gun – and so a gun is different.

      A gun is also an easy way to kill people. You won't see many people holding up a bank or convenient store with a rope and threats to hang someone.

      April 12, 2013 at 3:00 am |
  6. Don't Panic

    Clearly this wasn't a cry for attention, he would have found a way to kill himself without help from the internet. Suicide rates are a much greater tragedy than gun violence, they're just running this particular story because it the political left is on a media blitz. Instead of trading more liberty for the illusion of security perhaps we should be focusing on how we can better help the mentally ill who are in crisis.

    April 12, 2013 at 2:16 am |
    • Snizz

      Precisely.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:21 am |
  7. Chris

    I've seen CSI, all you need to do is some acid etching to retrieve the serial number.

    April 12, 2013 at 2:07 am |
    • Snizz

      Maybe. Don't believe everything you see on TV. That only works due to the work-hardening that takes place when a serial number is stamped into a mass of metal. The acid differentially etches the work-hardened stamped area and that makes it visually stand out against the softer remaining metal. If you really want to obliterate the serial number on anything, you simply grind the numbers down and then back-fill the area with a bead of metal from a stick or MIG welder. That destroys the heat treatment in that area and completely obliterates the stamped in numbers. Professional hit men and organized crime types have known how to do this forever...

      April 12, 2013 at 2:20 am |
    • itzmeman

      @Snizz – Your explanation of how to remove serial numbers off of a gun and who knows how to perform this explains a lot. I bet you do not submit your gun purchases and sales to legal registrations, do you?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:40 am |
  8. Winston5

    I'm saying this out of respect, any hints on whether this poor kid may have been gay? Son of a preacher and all...

    April 12, 2013 at 1:57 am |
    • Stupid

      Why in the hell does that matter? I swear what is wrong with you people

      April 12, 2013 at 2:32 am |
  9. DT

    Pastor Warren is a d.ick. Who is he to lay a guilt trip on some guy for selling his own property. Does Warren believe that this gun seller went out of his way to find a suicidal son of a gospel goblin to sell it to? His arrogance has outgrown his pulpit. Ef you Warren.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:54 am |
    • bwhp

      He is not laying a guilt trip on anyone. The seriel number was scratched off. can you say illegal?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:02 am |
    • itzmeman

      The idiot scratched off the serial numbers to sell the gun. He was committing a crime and likely has been with the weapon he sold. The criminal is likely not going to feel any guilt anyways, mor@n.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:04 am |
    • Mike

      The legal system as it stands should take care of this if something illegal were done. He says he forgives because he is supposed to as a so-called pastor. If he went on a rampage against the guy he could stand to lose millions. Forgive/forget/move on (unfortunately). Actually, the kid probably needed a Dad more than a gun.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:16 am |
    • Michael

      Not only that, if he doesn't know where or who he got the weapon from, how can CNN say it was bought over the internet?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:16 am |
    • I wonder

      Michael,

      "Amormino said he could not say from where, or whom, the 27-year-old got the weapon"

      "Could not say" does not automatically mean "does not know".

      They might (most probably do) have computer and/or credit card records on the purchase.

      April 12, 2013 at 3:34 am |
  10. Snizz

    Funny how these stories pop up when there's a big push for gun control going on in DC at any given time, isn't it? The people at CNN are pretty-much lap dogs for the Liberals. They don't seem to understand that in the US, there really aren't any "registered guns", unless you're referring to NFA/Class III weapons such as machine guns. Some states have restrictive permitting procedures (and increasingly, lots of stupid "bans" and clip capacity restrictions) but gun registration is prohibited by the 2nd Amendment. All of the crap that gets reported about "unregistered guns" is just that; ignorant crap reported by people who don't know a rifle from a howitzer.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:48 am |
    • Schoolmarm

      Yeah, the kid killed himself to further the liberal agenda.
      Idiot.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:53 am |
    • bwhp

      Didnt mean to post this under your comment but I wasnt able to find a way to post a separate comment. The " in a moment of despair" comment really upsets me. Im sure he didnt just have a moment of dispair.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:58 am |
    • itzmeman

      @snizz – Seriously. There are no "registration" requirements. Maybe it is not the gun that is registered, but guns are registered to owners through serial numbers. Why do you think people "scratch" off the serial numbers. Because they can be traced back to them. You seem to be a pretty ignorant individual who only wants to bit#h about your guns. By the way, the 2nd amendment does not protect against gun registration. That is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard. Get a grip!

      April 12, 2013 at 2:01 am |
    • What's this

      So are you suggesting Rick Warren- a Southern Baptist- and his suicidal son are somehow a part of an orchestrated news coverage of the liberals' anti-gun agenda? Seriously?

      Obviously this suicide would make the news no matter what, given Rick Warren's high profile. And it is Rick Warren, a Southern Baptist, who is talking about unregistered guns (you might notice the quotes), not CNN.

      And who knows, maybe the gun seller is in on it too, given he likely scratched the serial number off of it. Lol.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:15 am |
    • uh_what

      Ya seriously, what does the serial number being scratched off have to do with it being difficult to trace? I would say on the scale of easy to impossible, having the serial number is insignificant.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:16 am |
    • Mion

      Your theory: "CNN is covering this story to push a liberal agenda!"

      Most likely theory: "Rick Warren is an influential guy and his son committed suicide, which happens to be more newsworthy than usual because the suicide weapon in question was a gun bought online without a background check and with very little trouble, which also happens to be one of the issues covered in the important gun debate going on."

      Welcome to the right-wing side of the CNN comment boards: Where up is down and hot is cold and everything that say "I want to orally service John Boehner" is a liberal agenda.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:16 am |
    • Mion

      *and everything that DOES NOT say

      Proofreading fail. I saw that the second I pressed enter and by that time, the damage was done. lol

      April 12, 2013 at 2:18 am |
  11. Chris

    If only there had been some kind of background check. Yet another person's blood on Wayne LaPierre hands.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:48 am |
    • Snizz

      Yep. Remington, Smith and Wesson, the NRA and anyone else who either makes guns or represents gun owners have the blood of all gunshot victims on their hands...much the same as the AAA, Ford Motors, GM and Chrysler have the blood of all car wreck victims on their hands. Please, give us all a break and give that treadworn "blood on your hands" acrimony a rest...or at least make an attempt at intelligent commenting.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:54 am |
    • Trent

      Seriously? Obviously you are ignorant regarding this situation. It says that he bought the gun from a man on the internet. The serial number was scratched off, so clearly this was an illegal sale. It has no mention of the two meeting in person to sell the gun. This means that is was shipped to him, and since no one knows who the seller is, it was clearly not done through an FFL transfer, hence the illegality of said sale.

      And may I bring out that since this was clearly an illegal sale, no background check would have stopped it. The seller was not going to play by the rules, any rules, regardless of what laws are in place. The serial number being filed off is further evidence to that.

      So basically a background check would have done nothing. And he probably would have found a way to obtain a gun, either legally or illegally if he had not bought the one used.

      I truly feel said for the young man and his family. Though I am not certain, it sounds like he had some form of mental illness- depression, etc...... Treating that is the only thing that could have stopped this.

      LaPierre is the face of an organization. Yes, he shares the beliefs of that organization, but he is nonetheless the face of it. If it was not him in that role, it would be someone else. This can not be blamed on the NRA or any of its members. They are simply a powerful lobbying group, but they still do not decide or create the laws. And as I explained before, any restrictive laws in place would have done no good considering the illegality of the sale.

      And FYI, I am NOT a member of the NRA.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:01 am |
    • Chris

      The difference is those companies don't manufacture products intended to kill. If you make a product intended to kill people, you have blood on your hands.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:02 am |
    • itzmeman

      @Trent – You do a good job of explaining this situation from both sides. Hopefully ignor@nt fool$ like snizz will read and understand but it is highly unlikely.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:12 am |
    • Trent

      But your original argument is still invalid. LaPierre does not manufacture weapons to kill people, and you mentioned that he had blood on his hands, not the firearm manufacturer.

      And guns can be used to kill people. But that is not their sole purpose. Guns also save lives. They can be fun to shoot accurately as well. Gun manufacturers do not have blood on their hands- they do not control what someone who buys a weapon from them does with it. The person who uses the gun irresponsibly has blood on their hands, not the manufacturer.

      Consider this. If a father has a son and raises him with good values, yet he becomes involved with drugs and murders several people, does the father have blood on his hand? Only a crazy person would say yes. The father raised his son well and did his best to steer him in the right direction before he leaves home or rebels. In the same way, gun manufacturers do their best to promote the responsible use of guns. They do not control what bad people do with their product after it leaves the factory. I'd be willing to bet you can't find a gun manufacturer promoting murder and crime.

      So again, your argument is invalid.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:13 am |
    • itzmeman

      @Trent – Now I disagree with you. The NRA and gun manufacturers are condoning killing people through revenge with the use of the weapons they manufacture and sell in the guise of self-protection. They believe guns will solve the problem of violence and crime by arming everyone. This really supports the belief in "taking care of business yourself". However, their primary concern is money and they do not want anything to get in the way of making it. Sorry.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:23 am |
    • Trent

      No worries. You are welcome to have your own opinion. Though I disagree with some of what the NRA advocates, I do not see them condoning revenge killings. I have my reasons for not being an NRA member. But I still don't believe they have blood on their hands.

      Just an opinion. But you know what they say about those.......

      April 12, 2013 at 2:31 am |
    • itzmeman

      @Trent – When the NRA advocates ordinary,everyday people who have no experience with guns such as most school teachers as well as other unqualified personnel to take up arms in defense wherever and whenever they feel the need, I am not sure what else they are promoting.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:47 am |
    • G_Edwards

      @itzmeman – please reference when the NRA has EVER advocated such a thing.

      They haven't. They've ALWAYS included the proper training and qualifications of people willing to perform the job in their proposals.

      .

      April 12, 2013 at 8:15 am |
  12. Nathanael

    Why even try to point a finger at the seller? Maybe the seller sold the gun to provide for the family or maybe because he legally had to sell it? Your son was going to obviously kill himself reguardless. By gun? No? Then by other means. Knives, rope, trains, poisons... Its not the weapons, its the people.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:42 am |
    • Chris

      It amazing how people revere guns as some sacred relic.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:50 am |
    • Winston5

      How can you type with your head in the sand?

      April 12, 2013 at 1:56 am |
    • Jethro

      Yeah, maybe he sold a suicidal person an unmarked gun to feed his family! Great argument, Nathanael!

      April 12, 2013 at 1:56 am |
    • itzmeman

      So we should just allow it to happen through an illegal gun sale? You cannot scratch off serial numbers on a gun and sell it over the internet. This is a crime! I really am not understanding the argument from the crazy right wingers.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:30 am |
    • itzmeman

      By the way, Nathanael, I just read a story about a four-year old shooting and killing a six-year old with a rifle. These people you blame are sure starting young. My guess is the child did not understand what they were actually doing. This is kinda contrary to "guns don't kill people, people kill people" wouldn't you say?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:34 am |
  13. David

    The premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents-God planned everything and everyone. So I guess Warren believes his son blowing his brains out was his God's plan?

    April 12, 2013 at 1:36 am |
    • Dash Riprock

      If God is omniscient and omnipotent, then yes, it had to be his plan. However, if God is omniscient and omnipotent, then you have no free will, only the illusion of it, and therefore you cannot be responsible for simply acting out the plan.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:40 am |
    • Chris

      Yep

      April 12, 2013 at 1:51 am |
  14. The Bible has ALL the Answers!

    Answer A: "God never gives you more than you can handle. Prayer works"

    Answer B, for when God does give you more than you can handle: "The Lord works in mysterious ways. God can't answer prayers without violating the free will Prime Directive."

    April 12, 2013 at 1:33 am |
    • itzmeman

      What?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:14 am |
    • realbuckyball

      And if she did answer prayers, one intervention is actually not just a local action. Due to the Pauli Exclusion Principle, every electron in he entire universe shift it's energy state, slightly. Thus the entire course of the entire universe is altered with one action of the god(s).

      April 12, 2013 at 2:31 am |
    • Justin

      stop trying to help

      April 12, 2013 at 2:49 am |
    • itzmeman

      @realbuckyball – What?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:50 am |
  15. christopher Rose

    Evangelical Christianity can force a person to suicidal thoughts. Especially if they are incredibly smart and have this nonsense forced upon them. I was raised by evangelicals and was forced into this lifestyle until I started running away from home as a teen. It took me YEARS to recover from it and I suffered PTSD and all kinds of other relationship/socialization problems and other issues. These non-denominational MEGA churches are evil. The reason they eschew denominational status is they don't want the oversight. They are typically run as money making personality cults for the Rick Warren type folks. If this kid have to live through the hell I did living in an evangelical brainwashing operation as a child I can totaly understand why he chose to die.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:32 am |
    • vgs1895

      I'm not defending Saddleback at all, but it *is* a denomination. It's Southern Baptist. By the way, I totally agree with you about many non-denomination churches. They scare me! (And I'm a "Christian"–but not one who forces anything down anyone's throat. That seems totally un-Christ-like.)

      April 12, 2013 at 2:03 am |
    • Justin

      I had a bad experience with black people when I was a teenager.... can you see where I'm going with this?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:52 am |
  16. Zo

    Who cares about the gun, the kid killed himself because his religious fanatic father couldn't deal with his mental illness- GAYness, and hated him for it because of his stupid god, and drove him to kill himself by making him think he was a freak who could never be loved. He would have swallowed drain-o or o'd on heroin if he couldn't find a gun. Evangelicals are horrible people. And belief in God is a curse on humanity. God is the problem , not guns. God has started more wars and killed more people in his name than any good that has been achieved through the irrational and blind belief in the horrible idea of his existence. Every single organized religion is nothing more than a dangerous cult. The inquisition, nice one, the crusades, nice one, witch hunting, nice one, Constantine, nice one, ect.... Hitler Was a Christian.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:31 am |
    • RD

      For not believing in God, you sure seem angry at him.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:34 am |
    • David

      RD, I think he is angry about the belief in God and the nonsense pushed by religious types.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:42 am |
    • Winston5

      Angry at sky-fairies?? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry, still chuckling....) 😉

      April 12, 2013 at 1:58 am |
    • Justin

      God starts wars? Or are wars started by people?

      April 12, 2013 at 2:54 am |
    • honey 2000

      Zo, I can tell you are a smart, sensitive person, but you have a lot of anger, maybe you had some bad experiences with Christians. When I get annoyed by people's actions while they claim to be Christians, I look to Jesus first as the perfect example of love. People can say dumb stuff, but Jesus always gets it right, so look to Him first. "Hitler was a Christian", lol, I do not think so! Thanks for the laugh!

      April 12, 2013 at 5:51 am |
  17. Polymathicguy

    So, the person who sold the gun to his Darwin Award-winning son needs to "seek forgiveness"? Please.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:29 am |
    • David

      Someone who suffers from depression is a Darwin award winner? What a dbag you are.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:44 am |
    • SR4Fan

      Spot on, David.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:05 am |
  18. RD

    This proves that universal background checks don't work....

    April 12, 2013 at 1:28 am |
    • David

      There was no background check you moron.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:44 am |
    • Mike

      You are right. They do not work, especially when the do not happen. You are a fart smeller. I mean smart feller...

      April 12, 2013 at 2:25 am |
  19. yeager

    It wasn't the fault of the seller that your son committed an unforgivable sin. I pray the the seller is free of your guilt trip.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:18 am |
    • David

      What a dick.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:28 am |
    • SR4Fan

      Yeah...what David said.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:04 am |
    • Justin

      lol I too pray the seller of illegal guns doesn't feel bad about the consequences of his actions so that I can continue mock my nose at a suffering parent

      April 12, 2013 at 2:56 am |
  20. Andrew N.

    why do you sensor my comments cnn? you afraid im right?

    April 12, 2013 at 1:13 am |
    • Wobbly Bob Hobbs

      Most likely you had a hidden naughty word, like "consti.tution" has a ti.t in it. If the posts did not come up at all right after you posted it, bingo.

      Also, the reply button is now excessively effective, so if it was there a while then it went, the local troll got it.

      But you can go for the paranoid conspiracy thing if you like. It's much funnier for us.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:30 am |
    • David

      Someone must have reported your comment as abusive.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:31 am |
    • Mion

      There's a list of words that the CNN censor is made to find immediately and block the post that has it. Probably

      And there are people who'll flag/report your comment, sometimes multiple times on different accounts. After a certain number of reports, your post's removed automatically even if nothing offensive is in it. It happens to me too; I'm as progressive as you can get on most issues and I've had posts with 300+ upvotes that get deleted for no apparent reason. There isn't an actual person reviewing the flagged posts. It happens.

      So no. You weren't censored because CNN is afraid you're exposing some giant web of lies and deceit and you're the only non-sheeple in the herd to call them out on their whatever you're calling them out on. You were censored because you either 1) inadvertently had a dirty word somewhere in your post, 2) said something vulgar and got reported, or 3) someone reported you and had your post deleted because they got all whiny about you having a different position.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:30 am |
    • Mion

      Sorry, half of my first paragraph disappeared.

      * Probably, the issue was that you posted a swear word or posted a word that the censor flags for no reason other than there happens to be a swear word inside of it.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:32 am |
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