People have been taking to Twitter to convey their fury after a controversial tweet posted by the National Rifle Association (NRA) just mere hours after the devastating mass shooting that took place in Colorado.
The tweet has seen over 14,500 comments under it, with many slating the lack of empathy of the person behind it.
Keep scrolling to have a look for yourselves.
Now, the country remains in a state of shock following Monday's horrifying mass shooting in Colorado.
Police responded to reports of an "active shooter" at the King Soopers grocery store just before 3 pm local time on Monday in Boulder.
Ten people, a responding police officer included, tragically lost their lives in the attack.
Twenty-one-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was identified by authorities yesterday as the gunman.
Boulder police chief, Maris Herold, announced the death toll at a news conference on Monday night...
Fighting back tears, Boulder police Chief Maris Herold announced that 10 people, including an officer in her department, had been killed in a shooting at a Colorado market. https://t.co/bICXWVZl2X pic.twitter.com/oR0zMqqfj8— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) March 23, 2021
And, visibly overcome with emotion, fought back tears as she spoke.
Many customers who were in the store witnessed the bloodshed...
And they have been speaking to numerous news outlets about the harrowing things they saw during that terrifying hour.
"We were at the checkout, and shots just started going off."
Sarah Moonshadow, forty-two, a customer and resident of Boulder, was in the store with her son, Nicholas, on Monday and recounted scenes of pandemonium as gunfire rang out.
"I said, 'Nicholas get down.' And Nicholas ducked. And we just started listening and there, just repetitive shots ... And I just said, 'Nicholas, run'," she told Reuters, as per The Guardian.
Another customer, Ryan Borowski, was inside the store when the shooting began.
He told CNN: "I saw terrified faces running towards me and that's when I turned and ran the other direction."
He said staff helped customers to exit from the back of the store but some people just froze on the spot: "We ran and I don't know why other people didn't and I am sorry that they froze and I just wish that this didn't happen – I wish I had an answer for why it did."
Alex Arellano, thirty-five, was working in the meat department at King Soopers when he heard gunshots and saw people running for the exit.
"I thought I was going to die," he told the New York Times, when he heard the shot getting closer, "I'm thinking of my parents, and I was freaking out."
He hid with 2 other men before escaping through a rear exit.
The suspect has been identified as twenty-one-year-old Ahmad Al Aiwi Alissa, who is currently facing 10 first-degree murder charges.
This mass shooting just comes days after another horrific incident that took place in Atlanta where 8 people were murdered - 6 of them being from East Asian decent.
As the country continues to come to terms with what happened, there has been a shift in the conversation surrounding gun laws.
Opinions have been divided, with many stating that stricter gun control laws will impede on American citizens' 2nd Amendment rights. However, others stated that this change was necessary.
Yesterday, President Biden called for a nationwide ban on assault weapons, background check reforms, and changes to gun restrictions in his first meeting since the shooting.
"I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save lives in the future," he said in a statement.
But before that occurred, the NRA had already angered people on Twitter with their "insensitive" tweet just hours after the shooting took place.
Comments poured in...
People are DEAD in Boulder because of guns. Their bodies aren’t even cold yet. And *this* is what you tweet out? Literally saying nothing at all would have been better. 🖕🏻🖕🏻🖕🏻— Erie Siobhan🇺🇸 (@ErieNotEerie) March 23, 2021
Look who’s here to capitalize on today’s slaughter— death angel (@angel_0f_deathx) March 23, 2021
It’s called an amendment. It can be updated as it’s in the name. Today wasn’t a militia or anyone protecting themselves you bankrupt assholes— Mitchell Fink (@themitchellfink) March 23, 2021
One of your fans shot up a grocery store today. pic.twitter.com/tkwG2K80pP— Timothy Kenison #EndCitizensUnited (@TimothyKenison) March 23, 2021
I don't think you know what "well regulated" means.— M.R. RunnerMark (@RunnerMark71) March 23, 2021
You're all sociopaths.— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) March 23, 2021
Imagine what our founding fathers would have thought about special interests, like @NRA, bribing our politicians in exchange for their lobbyists to be able to write laws? I think treason would have been a word they used.— 👔Dan Whitfield For US Senate 2022 (@DanWhitCongress) March 23, 2021
Know what else says "shall not be infringed?" The 1st Amendment. The Number 1. And yet we have amendments that restrict free speech when it jeopardizes individual and public welfare (inciting violence, libel, etc). Weird how your small dick compensation toys make you so dense.— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) March 23, 2021
You were more polite than me. But, yeah, my family and friends shop at that store. This is my town and the NRA can go to hell.— Jack Lynne (@JackLyn01150682) March 23, 2021
We get it, you care more about profit than the lives of people and families of those who lost love ones to gun violence.— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) March 23, 2021
The news hit particularly hard as the NRA recently bragged about blocking assault-style rifles in Boulder less than 2 weeks ago.
This ban would have enforced a 2-year ban on AR-15s, which it has been reported that the suspect most likely used, throughout the city.
The judge ruled in favor of the NRA opposing such a law as it "violated" an older state law in which municipalities are prohibited from making their own rules.
ICYMI: A Colorado judge gave law-abiding gun owners something to celebrate.— NRA (@NRA) March 16, 2021
In an @NRAILA-supported case, he ruled that the city of Boulder’s ban on commonly-owned rifles (AR-15s) and 10+ round mags was preempted by state law and STRUCK THEM DOWN. https://t.co/wmdhGG16pc
According to the Denver Post, the city was focused on appealing the ruling, but law enforcers said they would stand with it for now as long as the case remained unresolved.
Little did they know that a few days later, a shooter would get his hands on a rifle and shoot 10 people dead.
Alissa was reported to have obtained the gun only 6 days prior to the incident.
And just to rub salt in the wound of the grieving, they posted this controversial tweet just hours after:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. pic.twitter.com/eFBP2PTTUu— NRA (@NRA) March 23, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been affected by this tragedy. Let's just hope there's some reform the laws surrounding gun control.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.