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US gun lobby silent on social media after shooting

Published on Dec 18, 2012 6:14 AM
Protesters marching with the social activist group CREDO along with other concerned citizens decend on the offices of the NRA's (National Rifle Association)Capitol Hill lobbiest's office demanding the pro-gun lobby stand down in reaction to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec 17, 2012, in Washington, DC.  -- PHOTO : AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The powerful United States (US) gun lobby has turned silent on social media, apparently suspending its Facebook page, after last week's school massacre that took the lives of 20 small children and six adults.

The Facebook page for the National Rifle Association (NRA), which boasted on Twitter last week that it had 1.7 million "likes," was unavailable on Monday.

The NRA, one of the most influential lobby groups in Washington, has been the target of intense criticism for its stand on easy gun regulations, blamed in attacks including the horrific slayings last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Facebook, the NRA presence was reduced to several small fan pages and closed groups.

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