The National Rifle Association drew resentment and ridicule over its response to the news that New York Attorney General Letitia James is looking to disband the gun lobbying group over alleged financial misconduct.
Following James’ announcement Thursday, the NRA tweeted:
From our cold, dead hands.— NRA (@NRA) August 7, 2020
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, turned the tweet back on the group:
It is the cold, dead hands of my daughter and other innocent Americans that are never letting up on the @NRA. Your illegal terrorist business enterprise that engaged in money laundering and fraud with its victims treated as a cost of doing business is over. YOUR TIME IS UP!!! https://t.co/NU863Vyq29— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) August 7, 2020
Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky said the NRA’s hands “seem pretty cold and dead right now tbh.”
I mean they seem pretty cold and dead right now tbh https://t.co/St92mzk8bk— Cam Kasky (@cameron_kasky) August 7, 2020
David Hogg, also a survivor of the Parkland shooting, called out the organization’s CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre with these posts:
This is what they always do they always try to scare people into supporting the NRA and not other gun groups because they want more private jets and Exotic vacations for their families.— David Hogg Text “our power” to 954-954 🌊 (@davidhogg111) August 7, 2020
There’s a reason so many people have left the NRA in recent years over the corruption. https://t.co/qeQLgQ17Ke
Wayne tweeted this— not about guns but about the NRA donations that he no longer gets to use for private jets 🤣 https://t.co/qeQLgQ17Ke— David Hogg Text “our power” to 954-954 🌊 (@davidhogg111) August 7, 2020
* I bet Wayne tweeted this from his private jet that the NRA paid for— David Hogg Text “our power” to 954-954 🌊 (@davidhogg111) August 7, 2020
Other critics noted the irony of the tweet, which is part of the “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands” slogan popularized by the NRA especially after its late president, the actor Charlton Heston, referenced it in a speech at the group’s 2000 convention.
No one is taking away your guns, just your ability to run a fraudulent charity. https://t.co/9AC9HsR1tI— Nate Igor Smith (@drivenbyboredom) August 7, 2020
How about the cold, dead hands of the children who have died in school shootings? https://t.co/cg7A3WylAT— Samuel Scott (@samueljscott) August 7, 2020
No problem! Usually, you make other people's hands that way https://t.co/GdhRrYLIr8— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) August 7, 2020
"Your proposal is acceptable." https://t.co/frib9oYw07— MovieBob Productions (@the_moviebob) August 7, 2020
The irony behind this tweet is fucking insane lmaooo https://t.co/nnzOGESiqO— Matt Will Post (@MattPostSaysHi) August 7, 2020
This article has been updated with the correct tweets from David Hogg.
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