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The National Rifle Association (NRA) has faced heavy criticism after it expressed support for the second amendment just hours after a shooting in Colorado left 10 dead on Monday.
Taking to Twitter a day later, the organisation quoted the US constitution, which grants people the right “to keep and bear arms”.
They tweeted: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The attack on a Kings Sooper grocery store in Boulder is reported to have taken place on Monday at 2:50pm local time (8:50pm GMT).
Of the 10 killed in the shooting, one was confirmed as being a Boulder police officer. A suspect is now in custody.
Just after 6am MST on Tuesday (12pm GMT), the NRA shared its quote from the second amendment, in a post which has been described as “insensitive” by users on Twitter:
@NRA Hey, fuck you. My sister and brother in law shop at that grocery store 3x a week. Their child is 18 months old. Fuck you. — Swishergirl (@Swishergirl)
@NRA People are DEAD in Boulder because of guns. Their bodies aren’t even cold yet. And *this* is what you tweet ou… https://t.co/SYlK3Sjomj — Erie Siobhan 🇺🇸 (@Erie Siobhan 🇺🇸)
@NRA https://t.co/ErnIeK0UEj — sheologian (@sheologian)
@NRA god. how insensitive can you be after 6 dead in boulder rn :/ — rose ♡ (@rose ♡)
@NRA https://t.co/0s3LJ4kYTD — Steve Portigal 🇨🇦🇺🇸 (@Steve Portigal 🇨🇦🇺🇸)
Others commented on the wording of the amendment itself in light of yesterday’s tragic events:
@NRA Which well regulated militia was the individual who carried out the mass murder in Boulder today a member of? — Mark Gray (@Mark Gray)
@NRA What fucking part of “well regulated,” and for that matter “militia,” don’t you understand? — Randi Mayem Singer (@Randi Mayem Singer)
@NRA Say that “well-regulated militia” part again. — TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE RPGs, GREETINGS! (@TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE RPGs, GREETINGS!)
@NRA The militia could use some serious regulation. — Steven Zielke 🎶 (@Steven Zielke 🎶)
The NRA is yet to respond to the criticism.