The National Rifle Association (NRA) thought it would be a good idea to honor mothers across the United States on Mother’s Day by posting a meme on Twitter suggesting that young children need to be armed in order to keep them from becoming a “victim.”
HuffPost notes that the NRA Mother’s Day meme came on the very same day that another mass shooting left seven people dead:
“The wave of violence has led to new calls for gun control measures.
“’MAMA DIDN’T RAISE A VICTIM’ read the text over an image of a woman and a young girl with firearms.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all NRA moms!
On top of the millions of other jobs moms have, NRA moms fight for our right to self-defense, while also defending themselves, their families, and communities.
We are forever grateful for these fierce women. pic.twitter.com/IC2rvlhGDe
— NRA (@NRA) May 9, 2021
The incredibly tasteless meme drew harsh criticism:
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the grieving moms.
On top of millions of other jobs moms have, far to many have to take care of families destroyed by gun violence.
Today, my wife started Mothers Day at the cemetery, visiting our daughter who was murdered in the Parkland shooting. https://t.co/2275IRARkr
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 10, 2021
This is really, really gross. To willingly and smilingly introduce your child to the notion of violent homicide by cutening up a machine that is designed to inflict as much damage as possible to the human body. This is abuse. https://t.co/jm2AJtMrU9
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) May 10, 2021
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 10, 2021
There was another mass shooting in America today, this time in #ColoradoSprings.
But hey, let’s use children as props. https://t.co/o21dKGg6CE
— Sean Mills 🐱 (@seanmills1020) May 9, 2021
So, the NRA is saying that if something happens to women, it’s their own fault for not being armed.
— Doctor Dan (@bravetinsoldier) May 10, 2021
Six people were shot and killed by a gunman at a birthday party in Colorado Springs this morning – on Mother’s Day.
At least 94 more people in America will be shot and killed – and over 230 will be wounded by gunfire – before the day is over. https://t.co/vo4UGw35eB
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 9, 2021
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