The National Rifle Association (NRA) proved just how insensitive and utterly tone-deaf they are when it comes to the subject of gun crime by tweeting out an Independence Day message that came back to haunt them after six people were shot and killed in Highland Park, Illinois during a July 4th parade.

The NRA tweet reads:

“The only reason you’re celebrating Independence Day is because citizens were armed.”

Another pro-gun group, Gun Owners of America, also made a posting that some called worse than the NRA’s:

“This long weekend brought to you by armed citizens.”

Both social media postings drew heavy criticism and reminders that guns are more often used for crime than protection.

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