Remember when Sarah Palin designed a map of America with crosshairs placed over states whose legislators voted for Obamacare? You’ll recall that shortly after that, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — from one of the crosshaired states — was shot. Well, this kind of violent imagery is repeating itself. This time, the buffoonery originates with the NRA, and their targets are two Brooklyn lawmakers behind a bill seeking to restrict ammunition sales.
DNAinfo reports that an NRA sponsored publication, America’s 1st Freedom, tweeted an image of state Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon and New York State Senator Roxanne Persaud right next to a whole bunch of bullets, one of which partially touches the face of Assemblywoman Simon:
The tweet was written on the eve of President Obama’s intended executive order to toughen gun control law. “Sounding off on one of the most ridiculous anti-gun schemes introduced in some time,” it reads, along with polaroid portraits of both officials taped down next to a pile of bullets.
When contacted by DNAinfo, the NRA-funded publication did not respond immediately for comment. But Democrats were much quicker to respond, including Mayor de Blasio and City Councilman Brad Lander, both of whom used superlatives to describe how inappropriately the image and text hinted at something much graver.
Meanwhile, one of the tweet’s targets, Assemblywoman Simon called it “a new low,” and urged the NRA to remove the image.
This is truly disturbing! I hope the NRA is responsible enough to remove this tweet.https://t.co/hB8fznXwEo
— Jo Anne Simon (@JoAnneSimonBK52) January 4, 2016
As of today, the image still stands. And if we’ve learned anything, it’s that the NRA can always go lower.