The NRA posted a nod to moms that sparked internet backlash for featuring a mother and her young daughter posing with rifles, along with the caption “Mama didn’t raise a victim.”
“Happy Mother’s Day to all NRA moms! On top of the millions of other jobs moms have, NRA moms fight for our right to self-defense, while also defending themselves, their families, and communities,” the NRA tweeted. “We are forever grateful for these fierce women.”
The message garnered fierce criticism for going up just hours after a mass shooter went on a rampage at a Colorado Springs birthday party where children were gathered, and took the lives of seven people including himself. None of the children were injured in the attack.
One user replied to the NRA’s tweet with an article about the shooting and wrote, “I wonder if any of these people were mothers.” Another posted a GIF of bloody hands and the caption, “Happy Mother’s Day massacre In Colorado today… Just the way you love to celebrate.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all NRA moms!
On top of the millions of other jobs moms have, NRA moms fight for our right to self-defense, while also defending themselves, their families, and communities.
We are forever grateful for these fierce women. pic.twitter.com/IC2rvlhGDe
— NRA (@NRA) May 9, 2021
The NRA trended on Twitter and was accused of being “a terrorist organization and using children as props.” Some pointed out that the mother in the photo was carrying a rifle that was equipped with sights, a drum, and a suppressor. “She is set for long-range, high capacity killing with limited sound that would attract attention,” a commenter replied. “Nothing disturbing about this, right?”
Other Twitter users had positive feedback about the post. “I grew up with guns around that age as most of my friends,” wrote one supporter. “Never have I thought of taking one to school or shooting someone. It comes down to teaching right from wrong and respect of the weapon. Opinions from people who think all guns and people are bad mean nothing”
But the internet’s general consensus was that the NRA should have celebrated Mother’s Day with a different message. “This is just gross,” one tweeted. “On so many levels, I’m at a loss for words!!!!!”