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Meet 4chan’s ‘Kommandos,’ the Armed Meme Lords Driving Gun Culture

By Tess Owen, Vice

While the stereotype for the American gun owner is old, white, and hung up on culture wars, Kommandos are young, apolitical, and fluent in memes.

Flandre S. enjoys shitposting on 4chan’s /k/ board, collecting Kalashnikov rifles from foreign conflicts, and cosplay. Flandre S., who identifies as gender-fluid, is a Kommando, which is what aficionados of the /k/ board call themselves. And they want you to know that while Kommandos aren’t your typical American gun owner, their influence can be measured by their memes and in-jokes that have trickled into the mainstream. 

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