NRA Facebook page goes dark, Twitter quiet
The NRA's Twitter page as of Dec. 17, 2012.
The National Rifle Association's main Facebook page isn't accessible, and its Twitter account is quiet three days after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Only a Facebook page for the NRA blog remains posted. The last item shared at 6:30 a.m. Friday (before the school shootings) was about the "Friends of NRA" TV show that will start a third season soon.
The blog is described as being an "official inside look at the NRA's Programs including Shooting Championships, National Firearms Museum, Law Enforcement Division, Education & Training and more." (The NRA's Web blog is here.)
On Twitter, Friday was also the last day the NRA tweeted, at 6:36 a.m.: "10 Days of NRA Giveaways — Enter today for a chance to win an auto emergency tool!"
The day before, Dec. 13, on Twitter, the NRA said: "Did you hear? Our #facebook page reached 1.7 million 'likes' today! Thanks for being a friend!" and this photo was posted by the organization:
But those 1.7 million likes, tied to the NRA's main Facebook page, could not be seen as of Monday.
NBC News contacted the NRA for comment about its Facebook page removal, and will update this post if we hear back.
It it does not appear that Facebook itself took any action, one way or another, regarding the NRA page. When asked, a Facebook spokesperson told NBC News the social network had no comment.
Online, the NRA's news sitecontinues to be viewable — but without any news of Friday's horror. On the site, among the "top stories" viewers will find "Homefront Hugs USA Urges Volunteers to Make a Difference in a Soldier's Life," "Fast & Furious Gun Buyer Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison" and "Illinois Concealed Carry Ban Ruled Unconstitutional." All were apparently posted before the shootings.
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