The National Rifle Association hailed the AR-15 military- design rifle as an “everyday gun for everyday citizens” in a tweet that stunned lots of on Saturday.
The deadly gun– a preferred weapon of mass shooters in the U.S.– was likewise considered a “modern-day musket” by the weapon lobby:
The AR-15 is the contemporary musket.
An daily weapon for daily people.
— NRA (@NRA) July 11,2020
“Modern-day musket my ass,” tweeted David Hogg, who was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 when a shooter equipped with an AR-15 shot 34 trainees and team member:
6 minutes 20 seconds Is all it took for the shooter at my high school to fire over 100 rounds from his AR-15 to shoot 34 people.
Because very same quantity of time even the most skilled individual would have just had the ability to fire 18 rounds with a musket.
Contemporary musket my ass https://t.co/ED2Tyxxdrc
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) July 12,2020
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14- year-old child, Jaime Guttenberg, was among 17 people fatally contended Parkland, explained the weapon as the “modern weapon of choice for mass murderers”:
The AR-15 is the contemporary weapon of option for mass murders. It was utilized to eliminate my child and 16 others in school in 6 minutes. An daily weapon for those who wish to eliminate as lots of as possible.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 12,2020
Others mentioned the threats of the NRA and its position on this specific weapon:
you are outrageous
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 12,2020
The @NRA is a contemporary lobbying arm for the weapon makers.
And our children are passing away a a result.
— Bryan #PoliceThePolice (@swimmerbr78) July 12,2020
The AR-15 is a weapon of war. It has no location in our society. You wish to utilize it, then employ to serve your nation.
— 45 is a pathological phony. (@DrPimK) July 12,2020
The number of muskets took out a class full of kindergartens?
— Dave Weasel (@DaveWeasel) July 12,2020
Absolutely nothing states mass murder like an AR-15 or comparable weapon. These guns were marketed to the “wrong crowd” from thestart @NRA magnified that marketing. This damage to society can just be reversed by prohibiting these weapons, with retribution to victims.https://t.co/Vf9nF2FLW1
— Dianne Broussard (@LovedByaDove) July 11,2020
As a weapon owner, there is definitely no excellent factor for people to own AR-15 s.
ARs draw at searching anything however hog and are poor at home defense since of their penetration.
They’re enjoyable to shoot, however I ‘d rather my kids not reside in worry of being killed in primary school.
— Blue Texan (@bsawtx) July 12,2020
Appearance I get it. I was a fracture shot with my M-16 A2 service rifle. Specialist badge. I might divide a male in half 9 times out of 10 from 500 meters.
Unlike all you @NRA punks I can in fact fire an AR-15 with fatal accuracy. That’s likewise why I understand, no civilian requirements 1 or must own 1. pic.twitter.com/ZeF0ZgnKUu
— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@zaharako) July 12,2020
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) July 12,2020
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 12,2020
On February 14 th, 2018 the Parkland neighborhood lost 17 resides in a avoidable and terrible act of weapon violence. Whatever we have actually done and whatever we will do is for them. #MSDStrong pic.twitter.com/pnaOwTSD2c
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) February 13,2019
The NRA’s reaction to a tsunami of criticism on Twitter was to slam “ignorant gun control keyboard warriors” who wrongly think that the “AR” in the weapon’s name means “assault rifle.”
The AR in fact means ArmaLite Rifle, which was initially created in the 1950 s by ArmaLite Inc. for themilitary Colt ultimately acquired the style, offered the military with its own M-16 weapons and offered the AR-15 to police– and civilians. The weapons, and other variations by other makers, were prohibited in the U.S. from 1994 to2004
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