On February 14, 2018, a gunman using an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle opened fire on students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people ranging from 14 to 49 years old were killed and another 17 were injured. It remains the deadliest high school shooting in American history.
On the one year anniversary of the massacre, in February 2019, the National Rifle Association, an organization that uses its massive capital to influence politicians and policies for greater relaxation of gun laws, tweeted against House Resolution 8, a bipartisan bill that would require a federal background check on all gun sales, including private transactions.
The Democrats don't want to end at "universal" background checks. Rep. @GReschenthaler (R-PA) is right – #HR8 will lead to a national gun registry, which always leads to confiscation. NRA members and gun owners see through their sneaky agenda. @AWRHawkins https://t.co/PQekbNE3Ge
— NRA (@NRA) February 14, 2019
The organization cited Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) who said of the legislation:
“The overwhelming majority of American gun owners are hardworking, law-abiding citizens. [HR 8] is actually the first step to creating a national gun registry.”
Americans everywhere considered the tweet an insult to the memory of the children and teachers who perished in Parkland a year ago that day.
Today of all days sit down and be quiet
— Black Rose (@BLK_RSE) February 14, 2019
Please keep exposing what an awful, profit-driven-at-the-cost-of-human-lives organization that you are.
— T. W. (@FLprogressive_7) February 14, 2019
Y'all are fucking trash.
— “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) February 14, 2019
Do us all a favor and go silent today, like you did after the shooting.
— Max DeFilippis (@DefilippisMax) February 14, 2019
Nice timing. Tone deaf much? 17 kids were killed one year ago and THIS is your messaging on the anniversary? We are a gun (and gun safe) owning family and the NRA does NOT speak for us. #CommonSenseGunControlNow
— Shelby Sprague (@sprague716) February 14, 2019
However, it took far less than a year for the NRA to strike ire for callous messaging regarding the massacre.