With its deep pockets and millions of members, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is arguably the most influential lobby in the United States.
The organization spends millions on Republican political campaign and actively fights any level of gun law reform, regardless of how innocuous or sensible.
Earlier this week the NRA celebrated a Boulder, Colorado Judge's blocking of a law that would've prohibited AR-15s and high capacity magazines.
ICYMI: A Colorado judge gave law-abiding gun owners something to celebrate. In an @NRAILA-supported case, he rule… https://t.co/LdtjsLXzOm— NRA (@NRA)1615917958.0
Just one week after the NRA posted the jovial tweet, a shooter—reportedly armed with an AR-15—entered a Boulder, Colorado grocery store and murdered 10 people, including a police officer.
Rather than its typical "thoughts and prayers," the NRA responded by posting the text of the Second Amendment, which it believes negates any efforts to put common sense restrictions on weapons of war.
The week-old tweet was seen in a new and devastating light on social media.
And just SIX days later, 10 people were gunned down by a man with an AR-15 rifle in Colorado. You can’t make this u… https://t.co/URRLaGqRPW— Kayla Solomon (@Kayla Solomon)1616503040.0
Just days ago, the NRA celebrated that a Colorado judge struck down a life-saving ban on AR-15-style assault weapon… https://t.co/x0VEuE1ckB— Kris Brown | President, bradyunited.org (@Kris Brown | President, bradyunited.org)1616459335.0
A week ago, the NRA celebrated a judge blocking Boulder from enforcing its two-year-old assault rifle ban. Within a… https://t.co/MYYulUFBGq— Senate Judiciary Committee (@Senate Judiciary Committee)1616511847.0
Six days ago, the NRA celebrating in Colorado. They have blood on their hands. https://t.co/FSL7C4t54P— Arturo Sarukhan (@Arturo Sarukhan)1616462452.0
But while this judge sided with the NRA, others have frequently called out its bastardization of the Second Amendment.
In a 1990 article, conservative Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger prophetically wrote:
"The Gun Lobby's interpretation of the Second Amendment is one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American People by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. ... The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires"
Others have continued to call out the NRA's mischaracterization of the Amendment.
And immediately after news of the Boulder Massacre broke, the @NRA once again disgustingly tweeted out the Second A… https://t.co/gO6hLTscol— chuckwestover (@chuckwestover)1616511667.0
@NRA The Second Amendment was never meant to allow domestic terrorism. Even St. Ronnie didn’t believe in the unrest… https://t.co/0EOPK4V1Sh— Gary Goodman, Ph.D. (@Gary Goodman, Ph.D.)1616281560.0
It's never been about the 2nd Amendment. No right is absolute. Why should the 2nd be? It's about money flowing into… https://t.co/sxGLjeopP8— Michael Zygmunt (@Michael Zygmunt)1616468806.0
@NRA You are a terrorist organization. You represent gun manufacturers and have nothing to do with the second amend… https://t.co/r26BtSbHq0— Piyush Mittal (@Piyush Mittal)1616460298.0
According to CNN, this was the seventh mass shooting in the United States in seven days.