The National Rifle Association’s social media silence in the aftermath of the deadly Orlando shooting, which left 50 people dead and more than another 50 injured, did not go entirely unnoticed.
The biggest gun rights lobby in the United States did not immediately respond to the massacre caused by a mass shooter at LGBTQ nightclub, Pulse, on Saturday night.
Interestingly, the NRA only popped up on one of its many offshoot accounts briefly to promote a gun-themed gift for Father's Day on Sunday — because what would make a better present, right?
But its main Twitter account did not post anything until some 40 hours later — and even when it finally ended its self-imposed exile, the tweet seemed particularly defensive.
The NRA has repeatedly come under fire for opposing gun reforms and putting people's lives in danger, so its silence in the wake of a shooting rampage is not surprising. In fact, Slate compiled a list to look at how the lobbyist has previously reacted to such tragedies and what were the exact contents of its social media posts following the incidents.
Watch the NRA’s first response to seven of the most deadly shootings witnessed by the country in recent years in the video above.