Saturday, December 15, 2012

NRA disappears from social media after Newton, Conn. massacre

Social media is the way many respond to news events. Where there, is the response of the National Rifle Association in the wake of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.?

The NRA has disappeared from both Twitter and Facebook since the events that occurred on Friday. The last tweet from the organization came before Friday's events, and was simply advertising the fourth day of an NRA promotion.

Strangely -- or not, considering the massacre of K-4 students in Conn. -- there has been no tweet about the fifth day of the promotion.

Meanwhile, the organization's Facebook page has completely vanished. Normally found here, clicking on that link (found in Google search) results in being sent to your own timeline.

Ironically, the day before the mass shooting, the National Rifle Association celebrated a Facebook milestone: It had hit 1.7 million fans on Facebook. It even tweeted a celebratory graphic (above).

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What's interesting is that the NRA has remained totally silent. They have not even tweeted or posted a message expressing sadness or offering condolences to the families of the victims.

The NRA may have gone silent for one reason: if anything is to galvanize and result in real gun control in the Wild, Wild West of the U.S., it is the mass murder of 20 children, all of them either six or seven years of age. The Sandy Hook massacre saw the second highest death toll from a mass school shooting in U.S. history, trailing only the Virginia Tech massacre.

Note: the NRA website has nothing on it about the incident, either. The organization may be mulling its next move.



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