The National Rife Association on Saturday deactivated its Facebook page in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Massacre, which has ignited the gun-control debate.
The page had 1.7 million followers.
Given its guns-rights cause, the social media buzz after such events seems to be an unenviable conversation for the org to partake in. The NRA’s chief Twitter account, which has doubled in followers to 63,000 since the Aurora shootings, has been silent since tweeting out a holidays giveaway contest early Friday.
Meanwhile, even high-profile NRA members are coming out in favor of increased gun regulations. The New York Times’ Caucus blog reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says “everything should be on the table”:
Mr. Manchin, an avid hunter with an A rating from the National Rifle Association, indicated that he supported re-evaluating laws that permit people to have clips that hold dozens of rounds of ammunition and to own assault rifles.
“I don’t know anybody in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle,” Mr. Manchin said, speaking on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe.”