nra tweet on children having fun at gun range after 9 year old shoots instructor

What the NRA was tweeting after 9-year-old killed instructor with an Uzi

Aug 28, 2014

After a 9-year-old in Arizona accidentally killed her instructor with an Uzi automatic machine gun at a shooting range in Arizona on Tuesday, the NRA was suspiciously quiet on the matter.

The news dominated headlines on Wednesday and it was clearly within the purview of the group to comment—they’ve certainly found a way to interject themselves into other gun tragedies like Sandy Hook, always with their mantra that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

But in this case there was no bad guy, other than the gun laws lobbied for by the NRA which make it possible for a 9-year-old to shoot an automatic machine gun she can’t possibly control.

So you’d think the NRA might just ignore it entirely and wait for the incident to blow over. Which would be offensive enough, since their lobbying efforts directly helped cause the tragedy. But their only tweet regarding children and gun ranges on Wednesday after the tragedy was downright insidious:

It was deleted later in the day, no doubt after the retweet from Media Matters started getting some viral attention.

Even for a group that heralds guns as our savior, that the NRA could be insensitive enough to tweet this on Wednesday after the tragedy is just mind boggling. These guys truly never cease to amaze.

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