Is on the Gin
- May 26, 2020
Not really it depends entirely on the threat.I've always said, it is so weird that we've fixate on cancel culture when death threats are way worse
I say this as some-one whose had 15 death threats. Only one of which was actually enough that I deemed it credible enough to almost report to the police (other circumstances meant I chose to roll the dice on it and not report it and turns out it wasn't credible as I'm still here and no attempt on my life was made). The person who made the credible threat at the time would know where I lived, was within 15 minutes drive of my home at the time and their threat was a set of circumstances I couldn't realistically have acted to prevent or avoid without literally moving homes.
Death threat's come in a variety of forms
Clearly hyperbolic stupid ones for attention. E.G. "I have filled the place you plan to talk with over 9,000 lbs of high explosive and will detonate it if you give the talk" Or "I am a highly trained ex military sniper with over 200 confirmed kills in Afghanistan and you won't even see me coming I lay in wait for you to give the speech them pop off goes your head and no-one will catch me because I'm just that good"
One that are mostly angry and I'd not put much stock in.
These range from angry "I'm gonna murder you" and "I'm hiring a hitman / my buddy is a hitman and will come for you"
Those that could have some validity to them:
Normally know your address and mention things about your habits or have the opportunity to easily enact the threat and motive enough to do it. E.G. they live locally to you and show additional intent to harm (bricks through windows, threatening notes through the letterbox or in the mailbox or cars damaged or attacked)
Ones that are angry mostly are nothing
Ones that bring up the address but seem angry, maybe worth reporting.
Those that bring up more than the address or do so and are local (or worse show pictures of your home that they took) yeh probably worth reporting just in case.
Death threats other than the very rare ones that can seem valid are not that big a problem because at the end of the day it's a short inconvenience and a binary outcome, either they're fake (which most are) and they lead to nothing or they're real and the fuckers come to try and kill you. You have very little control over it in the end and it's over fairly quick either way.