US gun law debate interrupted by '30-50 feral hogs' - and now it's a giant meme

Hog, American flag, gun.
One man thought owning an assault rifle was essential to fend off 30-50 feral hogs. Photo credit: Getty.

The story begins with a musician, Jason Isbell, and his thoughts on Twitter's gun control debate following a weekend of tragedies in the US.

"If you're on here arguing the definition of 'assault weapon' today you are part of the problem," Isbell tweeted on Tuesday. 

"You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don't need one."

The politically-charged debate took a sudden turn into unchartered territory when a self-proclaimed libertarian, William McNabb, interjected with a "legit question".

"Legit question for rural Americans - how do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 minutes while my small kids play?" McNabb asked.

...What was that?


The Arkansas man went on to earnestly tell the hordes of amused bystanders that 30 to 50 feral hogs had appeared in his yard "four times". 

McNabb then shared a 2017 news segment covering property damage in Texas - sustained by their feral trotters.

The Twittersphere had seen enough, and decided it was time to flock together to mock McNabb and his feral hog problem.

... Cue the memes

While hogs may be a legitimate issue for American landowners, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation, hunting is not "effective at eliminating [30 to 50] feral hogs", reports Buzzfeed.

McNabb, you may want to rethink your argument for owning an assault weapon.