"Today, the men and women of the NRA honor the profound life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," the tweet, which includes a GIF of Dr. King, begins. "Dr. King applied for a concealed carry permit in a 'may issue' state and was denied. We will never stop fighting for every law-abiding citizen's right to self-defense."
Today, the men and women of the @NRA honor the profound life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King appl… https://t.co/XpyOSci7wn— NRA (@NRA) 1548081529.0
As many on social media reminded the NRA, Dr. King was assassinated by a sniper at long range. He was not granted a concealed carry permit because he was Black. And had he been granted a concealed carry permit it would have made no difference. Sadly, he still would have been shot dead.
@NRA You do know that Dr. King was killed by a sniper over 200 ft away; an escaped convict who still managed to buy… https://t.co/G66mj2sdy9— Dr. Kate (@Dr. Kate) 1548092919.0
Some noted that the NRA has ignored the killings and murders of Black people who legally were carry registered guns, like Philando Castile. Castile was shot dead by a police officer after telling the cop he had a gun. Castile's girlfriend was live-streaming the interaction with police on Facebook, and despite shooting Castile seven times, the officer was acquitted. The NRA said nothing until weeks after the verdict.
@NRA Except we all heard crickets from y’all when Philando Castile, a citizen with a concealed carry permit and reg… https://t.co/ok4mkjJpIm— Unbowed💛Unbent💛Unbroken (@Unbowed💛Unbent💛Unbroken) 1548096533.0
Others accused the NRA of being in bed with Russia. The gun lobbying group has admitted to taking money from Russia-linked donors. Russia is a hostile foreign power that attacked the U.S. election system in 2016, and has worked for years, before and since, to disrupt American democracy.
@NRA More fitting picture for the .@NRA and .@waynelapierrejr imho. https://t.co/t02QQxIX0p— Derek M. Lacey (@Derek M. Lacey) 1548093407.0
In just five hours the NRA tweet has received nearly 900 comments, the vast, vast majority of them attacking the gun lobbying organization.
Here's a small sampling:
@NRA And the @nra has actually found a new low— Joshua Israel (@Joshua Israel) 1548095337.0
@NRA oh my fucking god— Master Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King (@Master Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King) 1548094249.0
@NRA This is like the most absurd and tasteless appropriation of a cultural icon possible. This post was terrible a… https://t.co/1oKTyceGxj— Engineer Extraordinaire 👽 (@Engineer Extraordinaire 👽) 1548094275.0
He was assassinated by an escaped violent felon who bought his Winchester .30-06 rifle legally and without a backgr… https://t.co/p1VYN11zWm— Zeddy (@Zeddy) 1548092508.0
@NRA Dr King might have a different opinion on gun laws now, but we won’t ever know because he was assassinated— wi… https://t.co/wnyXSp9ULy— Dr Liz (@Dr Liz) 1548094362.0
Ah yes, there were laws passed in the 1960's designed to keep African Americans from owning guns. These laws were l… https://t.co/lEBx6hshUx— Chris 📷 (@Chris 📷) 1548099463.0
Peak white people is the NRA commemorating MLK as a champion of gun rights. https://t.co/uWseKjCZIv— "Once in Royal" David Thomas Moore (@"Once in Royal" David Thomas Moore) 1548099672.0