Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The NRA returns to Twitter, Facebook for first time since the Sandy Hook massacre

The National Rifle Assocation (NRA) returned to social media on Tuesday. It not only issued its first tweet since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it restored its Facebook page, which was taken down immediately after the mass shooting.

The tweet links to a statement about a promised press conference. It says:
Important Statement from the National Rifle Association #NRA
That important statement promises that the NRA will hold a press conference on Friday, Dec. 21, one week after the tragedy. It also implied it had refrained from tweeting out of respect for the families of the 20 children and six adults killed by Adam Lanza on Dec. 14. Lanza also killed his mother, and also committed suicide as police closed in.

The NRA's Facebook page returned, too. The page also features a link to the same statement, but also no longer features the organization's logo. Instead, it has an image reading "Press Conference" as seen above.

Here is the statement from the NRA:
The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.

Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.

The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.

The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.

Details will be released to the media at the appropriate time.
While the NRA said they went silent out of mourning, one Twitter user noted something interesting.

Anomaly One Hundred tweeted:
@NRA Oh I see. Your statement is that u were silent cuz of 'mourning' yet u also removed ur Facebook page. #NotbuyingIt
It's a good point. The obvious reason they removed their Facebook page is because they expected -- and were reportedly receiving -- tons of negative comments on that page.

Despite the tragedy, many on the right have doubled down, saying we should have more, not less guns, even arming untrained teachers. Of course, who will pay for those guns, since the GOP wants no new taxes?

Even conservative Joe Scarborough, once an NRA fave, wants gun control, in the wake of the tragedy. He said he chooses change, for his and our children's sake.

It remains to be seen what the NRA will offer on Friday.

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