There is perhaps nothing worse online than Twitter in the wake of a mass shooting, a time when millions of people turn constitutional scholars and gun safety experts.
And while people can mostly be forgiven for blurting out bad thoughts—on a network that practically induces them— while feeling raw after a tragedy, some takes are just plain wrong.
Like this one, from the founder of conservative college organization Turning Points USA, Charlie Kirk.
The @NRA is the only organization in America that gets routinely blamed for things their members did not do— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 15, 2018
Kirk is partially right. The NRA receives an overwhelming amount of scorn when mass shootings happen, and a number of high-profile shooters do not have any direct ties to the organization. But the organization pushes to keep gun laws lax, which in turn gives killers easier access to these weapons.
The case could be settled there, but, more importantly, conservatives like Kirk are amazingly swift to blame organizations, religions, and nations that have nothing to do with actions taken by people not affiliated with them.
Take for instance, Islamaphobia in the wake of 9/11.
as a muslim I agree https://t.co/3CHc12M8YK— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@AyeshaASiddiqi) February 16, 2018
Members of the Islamic faith would like to have a word. https://t.co/j0kMDZEJnC— Steve Foster (@slfoster22) February 16, 2018
Or Black Lives Matter activists being blamed for violence against law enforcement officers.
Oh you mean like profiling of POC? https://t.co/DsTFO0pPI6— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) February 16, 2018
Even extremely recent examples prove this to be false.
Just FYI, Charlie, the Trump administration is attempting to bar ALL travelers from entire countries whose citizens have never engaged in anti-US plotting. https://t.co/YPLLQwSQYQ— Ned Price (@nedprice) February 15, 2018
Planned Parenthood. La Raza. CAIR. I could go on…. https://t.co/yHcyX6iG7l— Fascist Shrimp Toast (@TheBigFoxx) February 16, 2018
It’s always important to never tweet, but it’s extremely important to never tweet something this profoundly wrong.