Second Amendment And Gun Control Debated On Twitter – Is Social The Place To Have This Discussion?

Second Amendment And Gun Control Debated On Twitter – Is Social The Place To Have This Discussion?

BOULDER, CO – MARCH 22: Tactical police units respond to the scene of a King Soopers grocery store … [+] On Tuesday morning the hashtags #EnoughIsEnough and #SecondAmendment were trending and each had more than 30,000 tweets while there were an equal number of posts related to the topic of "Well Regulated" – another reference to the wording of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. All of this was of course in response to the most recent mass shooting on Monday inside a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people were killed, including a veteran police officer. As of Tuesday morning the motives remain unclear. Across social media, especially Twitter, many users made their opinion quite clear. "We aren’t numb – over 90% of Americans support stronger gun laws. It’s a handful of US Senators beholden to the gun lobby who have refused to act. The Second Amendment wasn’t meant to be a suicide pact," posted Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts), founder of @MomsDemand action. On the other side of the issue, the NRA (@NRA) responded by sharing the wording of the Second Amendment, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Anti-social Response The responses that followed on Monday evening and Tuesday morning were anything but social. Many users called for greater gun control, casting blame at Republican lawmakers, while supporters of the Second Amendment blamed mental illness. As […]

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