Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 18, 2013
As the country mourned the lives lost during the massacre at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard Monday, Rep. Steve Cohen decided to promote his pro-gun control political agenda while also incorrectly attributing responsibility for the shooting to the National Rifle Association.
The Tennessee Democrat sent a tweet from his official account Monday night that featured a cartoon by famed political cartoonist Bill Day. The subject of the cartoon in question: an AR-15 assault rifle that featured a symbol for the Navy Yard visible in the scope, the U.S. Capitol sitting on the rail of the gun, the Washington Monument sitting on top of the barrel, and the letters “NRA” etched into the cheek rest of the rifle.
Dozens of people commented on the tasteless post, the majority of them bashing the Congressman for his tweet.
“As a progressive who believes very strongly in gun control I still have to ask … what the hell were you thinking posting this?” one commenter wrote.
“You represent the people? Do the people know exactly how sick you are?” radio host Simon Conway tweeted.
It was originally believed that the alleged shooter, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, may have used an assault rifle during the massacre. It later came out that the assault weapon found on site at the Navy Yard was not used by Alexis. Nonetheless, many politicians and political pundits alike falsely reported that an AR-15 was used by Alexis and as a result were forced to backtrack their comments Tuesday.
Cohen is no stranger to controversial tweets. In February, the Congressman tweeted “ilu” to a college co-edwhom he claimed was “the daughter of a longtime friend” before deleting it minutes later. He also tweeted that 80s singer Cyndi Lauper was “hot” as part of a ruse to draw attention to Lauper and the Memphis music scene in May.