President Obama made overtures about gun control during his emotional press conference on Friday, when he referred to “coming together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this.”
Much of the anger over the killings seemed to be directed at the National Rifle Association (NRA), the nation’s biggest gun lobby. Social media users flung vitriolic statements at the organizations Twitter feed and Facebook page. For instance:
— David Anders (@QuestionAnders) December 14, 2012
Over the weekend, the NRA fell silent on social media, shuttering its Facebook page (which had 1.7 million fans) and announcing on Friday via Twitter that it was canceling a scheduled Twitter chat that day with country music singer Colt Ford. The tweet mentioning the cancelation has since been removed.