Jul 06, 2019 I Brett Tingley

53,000 People Have Pledged to ‘Storm Area 51’ This Fall

We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.

Let's see them aliens indeed. I hope you're like me and are already practicing your Naruto run, because we're doing it: we're going to gather up tens of thousand of people and run right past the guards at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and storm Area 51 before they can catch or shoot all of us. Who's with us?

 A Facebook user by the name of SmyleeKun and the group "Shitposting cause im in shambles" created the event, titled Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us. The event is set to take place on September 20, 2019 at 3am. Attendees will meet at the Area 51 Alien Center in Amargosa Valley, Nevada before proceeding to Area 51 itself. Well, attempting to proceed, anyway.

The last time sometime tried to speed past the armed guards at the site, it didn't go so well. In January, a man was shot by both the Nye County Sheriff’s Office and the NNSS Security Protective Force Officers after he led them on an 8-mile high speed chase while attempting to drive into the Nevada National Security Site carrying a still unidentified cylindrical object. How will things turn out when thousands of people show up at once?

As of now, 53,000 people have pledged to storm Area 51. Of course, that means they simply clicked "Going" on their social media whatnots, so take that figure with a grain of salt. (Update: as of July 8, over 120,000 people have now said they will attend.) Still, what would happen if let's say just 9-10% showed up? Would the Nye County Sheriff's Office and the NNSS Security Protective Force shoot everyone? Just a few? A couple dozen? Hopefully, non-lethal means of deterrent could be used instead. Remember those "sound cannons" Canadian police unveiled during the G20 protests in Toronto back in 2010? Who knows what kinds of spooky gizmos the guards at that place may possess.

Will anyone actually show up, or is this a case of trolling or slacktivism at its finest? Judging by the fact that discussion and photos associated with the Facebook event are mostly crude jokes and memes featuring Randy Quaid from Independence Day, I have low hopes for this one. Still, I hope it actually happens - and even if it doesn't, it certainly makes you wonder what would happen if a huge crowd could ever actually manage to coordinate an attempt to see what's really in those hangars. Can a Facebook event make it happen?

Let's see them aliens.

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains.

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