The debate concerning gun control just took many steps forward as President Obama enacted executive action this morning to roll out 20 new gun safety measures. Many Americans are cheering for this new executive leadership, considering the pathetic inability of Congress to pass any measures, but one, powerful group is certainly unhappy: the National Rifle Association.
The NRA is unafraid of targeting any individuals they see involved in gun control measures—on Monday, America’s 1st Freedom, an NRA publication, tweeted an offensive, threatening image of bullets next to pictures of two New York Congresswomen who have worked to introduce legislation to control ammunition sales. The tweet referred to their measures as “one of the most ridiculous anti-gun schemes introduced in some time.”
The women, Democratic Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, were not fazed by the image; Persaud said to the New York Daily News that, “By placing someone’s picture with bullets next to them you are playing on the fears of people, “ while Simon recognized that, “They are clearly trying to be intimidating and it is not working.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also expressed his disgust of the image, calling it “graphic and obnoxious.”
Numerous Twitter users rose to defend Persaud and Simon:
@NRAA1F How absolutely DISGUSTING can you get. You low-down-lilly-livered-slimey-putrid terrorist organization! You are PRIMITIVES!— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) January 4, 2016
@NRAA1F you're terrorists, nothing more— Jon Bonanno (@FCBonanno) January 5, 2016
@NRAA1F I applaud these women. They have my full support. NRAA you have blood on your hands!!— tia borgioli (@BorgioliTia) January 4, 2016
@NRAA1F This is why I'm more concerned about right-wing terrorism than Islamic terrorism.— effin (@officialevin) January 5, 2016
The NRA's recent statement on President Obama's gun control speech is similarly tone-deaf.
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