If you are unfamiliar with the term “concern troll”, this is what it means.
A concern troll is a false flag pseudonym created by a user whose actual point of view is opposed to the one that the user claims to hold. The concern troll posts in Web forums devoted to its declared point of view and attempts to sway the group’s actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals, but with professed “concerns”. The goal is to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt within the group.
A concern troll would come to the Revo and make a comment like, “I am a conservative and a supporter of the 2nd Amendment but I am concerned that Republicans are just hurting us by opposing universal background checks.” In reality, the poster is neither a conservative nor a gun rights supporter. He wants total gun bans but is posing as a conservative to give his comment credibility. It is a common enough practice that it has a name: Concern Troll.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to launch a $12 million national ad campaign designed to pressure “swing senators” into voting for stricter gun control laws. These ads are pure concern trolling.
You might think those behind this ad are reasonable supporters of 2nd Amendment rights. They are not. They are nothing but concern trolls.
A spokesman for the National Rifle Association blasted Bloomberg and the new ads, saying NRA members and supporters would be calling senators directly and urging them to vote against proposed gun control legislation.
“What Michael Bloomberg is trying to do is … intimidate senators into not listening to constituents and instead pledge their allegiance to him and his money,” said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.