While the National Rifle Association is frequently the target of criticism following a mass shooting, one popular conservative tweeted what he called the “actual facts” about the organization.
In the wake of Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, actor James Woods used social media to link an Independent Journal Review article which suggested that no NRA member has been responsible for a mass shooting.
While the assertion is hard to prove definitively due to the imprecise definition of “mass shooting” and the fact that the NRA keeps its membership list private, reporter Victoria Taft explained how she arrived at that conclusion in the linked article.
“If any of them had been (an NRA member) it would have been in the news,” she wrote.
She linked to a question posted on Quora, an online question-and-answer forum, which included answers supporting the assumption.
Without making such a blanket claim, NRA Executive Director Chris Cox made a similar observation in the wake of last month’s massacre in Las Vegas.
In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, he confirmed shooter Stephen Paddock was not a member of the NRA.
He went further, addressing those who malign the organization in the wake of gun-related massacres.
“And that’s the one thing that is consistent, is they blame the one organization whose members don’t commit the crimes,” he said.
And the point obviously resonated with many pro-gun Americans, many of whom responded to Woods’ tweet.
Several pointed out that NRA members are sometimes responsible for stopping violent attacks.
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Yet, others expressed their frustrations at those that continue to support the NRA, an accusation that didn’t sit well with Woods.