President Donald Trump spent his afternoon Friday at the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum in Atlanta reminiscing about what a “great guy” Charlton Heston was and making racist comments about Pocahontas.
It was the least he could do after the NRA spent over $30 million to help get him elected.
Trump also thanked the NRA for defending “our flag and our freedom,” and declared, “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”
Meanwhile, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, whose state witnessed the unspeakable brutality of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which 26 people were killed—among them 20 children—decided to use social media to counter Trump’s message.
“@realDonaldTrump about to take stage at NRA, to celebrate right of criminals to own guns, to glorify weapons that kill,” Murphy tweeted. “Here’s my advice. Turn off cable. Don’t watch…Instead, think about who we are fighting for.”
The senator, who is an outspoken advocate for tighter gun regulations in the U.S., then posted a series of photos of gun violence victims—all of them children, teenagers, or young adults.
“That’s who we fight for,” Murphy wrote.
In a statement to The New York Times, the senator said he “wanted to show some of the faces of Washington’s inaction—to share a small sliver of the lives we’ve lost because our nation is overflowing with guns.”
Not surprisingly, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker called Murphy’s tweets “appalling” and exploitative of the victims.
“Voters are sick of politicians who spend more time on publicity stunts than solving problems,” she said, according to the newspaper.
Here are the senator’s tweets, in the order they were posted: