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The NRA Waited Almost A Day Before Mocking Kim Kardashian

The gun lobbyists tweeted some sarcastic tweets about gun control in her direction

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Oct 03, 2016 at 5:37 PM ET

Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint last night of some $9 million worth of jewelry in a luxury apartment in Paris. And the NRA waited more than 12 whole hours before it took to Twitter to mock her about the experience, with a series of sarcastic questions suggesting if any crime takes place, it somehow proves gun laws are completely ineffectual.

“Wait, criminals held ‪@KimKardashian at gunpoint in Paris?” the first tweet asks. “How is that possible? Does anyone know if they passed a background check first?”

If there was any question about whether they were being sarcastic or not, the next tweet cleared that up:

Then, in response to a Twitterer who called them out for opposing stronger gun laws, they used the opportunity to dig at Kardashian again with a smart-alecky tone that implied gun control laws wouldn’t make any difference anyway, since determined criminal types will always find a way:

As users begin tweeting coverage to the NRA of their major troll attempt of Kardashian, they started “clarifying” what they meant:

Gun safety group Everytown tweeted the NRA a handy chart of how U.S. residents still need stricter gun laws because they are 18 times more likely to be murdered by a gun here than France:

And the NRA fumbled back:

The Kardashians have spoken publicly in support for gun control before, including after the nightclub shootings in Orlando that left some 50 people dead, which might explain the NRA’s animus:

France has struggled to attract tourists in the months after the terrorist attacks of November of last year. But in spite of the NRA’s glib response implying otherwise, the country’s notoriously strict gun control laws keep their deaths from handguns at a much lower rate than in the United States. In 2010, deaths from guns were at .2 per 100,000, compared with 2.8 per 100,000 stateside (that’s 14 times higher).

In response to the crime, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo stressed that gun violence is still a rare matter there. “This is a very rare occurrence that took place in a private space, and in no way does it call into question the work of our police or the security of our public spaces,” Hidalgo said.

For what it’s worth, Donald Trump posed a similar question last year in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, asking “Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?”

He was called out for it:

And the NRA, who’ve endorsed Trump for president, have also been called out for similarly crass, ill-timed victim mocking:

Our requests for comment from the NRA were not returned.