The makers of the rifle used in the Texas school massacre have come under fire after sharing a “disgusting” photo showing a young boy playing with an AR15-style weapon.
Last Tuesday, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos stormed Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and shot dead 19 children and 2 teachers with the rifle he bought just days after his 18th birthday.
Just a week before the shooting, Daniel Defense, the makers of the DDM4 V7 AR15 style firearm used in the school massacre, caused outrage on social media after sharing a bizarre post to promote their firearms.
In their post, the company shared a Bible proverb along with a picture of a young boy holding a large rifle.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” the text accompanying the controversial photo read.
After the photo went viral on Twitter, the weapons firm faced an outpour of criticism. Following a major backlash, Daniel Defense changed its settings to only allow its followers to see their tweets.
“This makes me sick to my stomach. This is not what you do with what appears to be a toddler, it should be criminal,” one angry viewer wrote.
“Thinking about this tweet from Daniel Defense – the company who sold the shooter the rifle, and all the pics of R leaders with their little children holding guns,” another said.
“That is absolutely grotesque,” the third suggested.
While the supporters defended the company and suggested teaching children about weapons is responsible parenting, critics went on to call the post “disgusting” and “absurd” saying children should be allowed nowhere near guns.
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