The Straits Times
Published on Dec 18, 2012

US gun lobby silent on social media after shooting


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.