After Newtown shootings, NRA falls silent on social media

The National Rifle Association has said nothing in response to vitriolic comments directed at the gun lobby on Facebook and Twitter.

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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:

The @nra fought 4 the right for todays gunman 2 get this gun below. Congratulations NRA on being the conduit for awful…

— 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.

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