NRA Under Twitter, Facebook Attack After Newtown Shootings
After a tragedy such as the shooting deaths of a reported 27 (including the gunman) at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday morning, there’s always a debate: How much time must pass before one can weigh in on the politics on gun control? Of course, some on Facebook and Twitter have chosen not to wait. And they’re directing their anger at the most well-known gun advocacy group in the country: the National Rifle Association. The organization’s official Twitter account, @NRA, has become the target of Twitter’s collective ire on Friday after the Newtown shootings. At the time of writing, the NRA’s Facebook page appears to be down. As for its Twitter account, which usually updates three to four times a day, it’s been silent since 9:39 a.m., about the time the shootings began. — The Huffington Post
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NRA Cancels Country-Music Event
Is a certain pro-gun group, on the receiving end of tremendous backlash after a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, going into hiding? The National Rifle Association canceled a planned “Tweet & Greet” with country musician Colt Ford that was scheduled for this afternoon. “Apologies for the inconvenience, but the @ColtFord Tweet & Greet will be rescheduled. Please check back for more info!” a announcement said. The event is part of a series that features country artists “involved in causes that defend our values,” according to the NRA. The NRA has not yet commented on whether the cancellation came in light of the shooting. — The Daily Beast
Does the NRA Represent Gun Manufacturers or Gun Owners?
Despite the grassroots façade, there is much evidence to suggest that corporations that profit from unregulated gun use are propping up the NRA’s activities, much like how the tobacco lobby secretly funded “Smokers Rights’” fronts and libertarian anti-tax groups, or how polluters currently finance much of the climate change skepticism movement. In a “special thanks” to their donors, the National Rifle Association Foundation lists Bushmaster Firearms Inc., the company that makes the assault rifle allegedly used by the shooter responsible for the mass murder today in Newtown, Connecticut. How much Bushmaster Firearms Inc. contributes is left unsaid. — The Nation
UPDATE: 12 hours after the Connecticut shooting the NRA began tweeting again. No mention of the tragedy. Clearly, as usual they think they can back to business as usual …