Courtesy of Fusion:Statement by @NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre#DallasPoliceShooting #Dallas #NRA pic.twitter.com/guzpI6B8Gt— NRA News (@nranews) July 8, 2016
Absent from the statement is any mention of the protest where the shooting occurred or the reason for that protest: the killing by police of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Castile was reportedly a licensed gun owner. His disclosure to the officer that he had a gun in the car led the officer to shoot him, according to Castile’s girlfriend who made a Facebook Live video shortly after the shooting.
It’s exactly the sort of case that you might imagine would outrage the NRA, an organization dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment right to bear arms. But despite rushing to mourn the death of police in Dallas, the NRA was silent in the days after Castile’s death.
That hypocrisy did not fail to catch the attention of some NRA members who took to Twitter and Facebook to express their outrage.
So many comments like that from members on the @NRA Facebook page. Here are a few more. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/seH2swKcRr— Laura Keeney (@LauraKeeney) July 8, 2016
Gee, it certainly took them long enough.