The NRA slammed over a tweet after the mass shooting in Buffalo

The National Rifle Association (NRA) was criticized for a tweet posted hours after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting in Buffalo.

Ten people were killed and three others wounded after a gunman rampaged through Tops Friendly Market on Saturday afternoon in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism”.

The suspect was identified as Payton Grendon, an 18-year-old white man from Conklin, New York.

In an apparent response to new calls for gun control laws in the wake of the shooting, the NRA tweeted: “Disarming law-abiding citizens and making good people helpless will not make bad people harmless.”

The organization’s tweet sparked a backlash.

While some supported his stance, many others noted that the store’s armed security guard had tried in vain to stop the gunman and was among the dead.

Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, tweeted: “The NRA is omitting the armed guard it promotes in every public space and school as a solution to America’s gun violence crisis (which it created).”

In another tweet, Watts called The NRA “tried to make us believe that more guns in more places would make us safer, but a guard with a gun is no match for the white supremacist they cultivated and then armed with an assault rifle.”

David Hogg wrote in response to the NRA’s tweet: “There was an armed security guard. He’s dead. That’s what happens when gunfights break out in public. You can still take your blood money from gun manufacturers, but don’t pretend to care about American safety.”

Owen Siebring wrote: “It’s very disturbing when the first reaction after a mass shooting isn’t to pay tribute to the lives lost, but to say, ‘Boy, thank God for all the guns!’ Maybe just sit out the NRA today.”

Richard Ojeda, a retired US Army officer who served in the West Virginia Senate, added that “legislation can hit a bad guy with a gun far more often than a good guy with a gun.

Brandon del Pozo, postdoctoral researcher and former police chief in Burlington, Vermont, tweeted: “A man carrying a concealed pistol — a retired Buffalo police officer — attempted to intervene, his bullets were stopped by the assailant’s body armor, and he was quickly killed. Universal concealed carry is the NRA’s response to mass shootings. There’s this idea.”

Meanwhile, March for Our Lives slammed US leaders for not taking action, saying that “long before today, our country should have done everything in its power to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.” devices .”

Buffalo Police at Tops Friendly Market
Buffalo Police on site at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.
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