While the National Rifle Association has offered no official statement on the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, an NRA social media account just promoted buying NRA brand items as Father’s Day gifts.
During the early morning hours of June 12, a gunman attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others before being killed by law enforcement. The number of casualties makes the terror attack the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
As news broke of the shooting, the NRA went silent, as it usually does following high-profile mass shootings, and halted activity on many social media accounts.
Many NRA Twitter accounts, including the official NRA account, have not tweeted since the morning of June 12 or earlier. The website for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, a place where the NRA has released official statements, has not posted anything new since June 11.
However, American Rifleman, a magazine published by the NRA, promoted buying NRA products for Father’s Day in a retweet shortly before 10 AM EST on June 13:
Last night an NRA News commentator claimed that “Even children aren't short sighted enough to think gun control is a rational response to terrorism.”