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The NRA’s Love Affair With The AR-15, Weapon Of Choice For Mass Murderers, In 22 Tweets

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK
CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK

The powerful AR-15 is becoming the weapon of choice for mass murderers.

It was used at Sandy Hook Elementary, where Adam Lanza killed 27 people, including 20 first graders. It was used in San Bernardino, where Syed Farook killed 14 people. And it was used in Orlando, where Omar Mateen killed 49 people.

The weapon, originally intended for military use, is capable of firing “as fast and as often as they can pull the trigger”

It is not a particularly useful gun for hunting or home defense. Experienced hunters say using a semi-automatic rifle essentially takes all the skill away from the activity. For home defense, a long gun like the AR-15 is less useful than a handgun in tight quarters and more likely to shoot through your wall and into a neighbor’s house.

But AR-15s are extremely popular and profitable for the gun industry.

In 2011, Smith & Wesson estimate[d] that “modern sporting rifles” like the AR-15 were a $489 million dollar industry — and demand has skyrocketed since. (Sales tend to skyrocket after each mass shooting.) There are about 9 million in circulation in the United States.

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One group driving up the demand is the NRA, which repeatedly glorifies and promotes the weapon on its social media platforms.

“Try it, you’ll like it!”

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/270634078632546304

In this post, the NRA explains you can make your AR-15 “even cooler” by adding a silencer

https://twitter.com/NRAblog/status/711756831023112192

The NRA talks about the AR-15 like a good friend who will “treat you well”

https://twitter.com/NRAblog/status/740898986505179136

“Step 1: Buy a great #AR15 rifle”

https://twitter.com/NRAblog/status/741374783871455232

The NRA regularly promotes giveaways where they give away AR-15s like concert tickets

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/438700470278696961

AR-15s are also a great way to increase the size of your church congregation

https://twitter.com/nranews/status/448231786813087746

NRA president David Keene compared the AR-15 to muskets used during the American Revolution

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/298526300312846337

“She’s long, tan, and loves left-handers”

https://twitter.com/nranews/status/367378020580868096

The NRA touts the AR-15 as well-suited for home defense

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/466571082917347330

The NRA’s “April Fools” joke this year featured an NRA-branded AR-15

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/715938504031735808

Building your own AR-15 is rewarding and fun!

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/687655911611973633

It’s “more than just a gun”

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/349269209047502850

The NRA attacked liberals who criticized the AR-15

https://twitter.com/NRA/status/286868992373694464

The NRA sponsors a program to improve your skills shooting the AR-15 in a “fun environment”

https://twitter.com/NRAblog/status/736550229831487490

What better way to celebrate your birthday?

https://twitter.com/NRAblog/status/314988070334255104

“More accurate than you think”

https://twitter.com/NRAblog/status/517265426686816256

The NRA never mentions when AR-15s are used in mass shootings, but will let you know when it’s not used

https://twitter.com/nranews/status/380044258855493633