Reality television star Kim Kardashian is drawing heavy fire for posting a photo of a jewel-encrusted handgun on Instagram just weeks after signing a pledge to reduce gun violence in honor of the Sandy Hook massacre.
“Today, people in Newtown are making the #sandyhookpromise to reduce gun violence. Sign the pledge with me at http://www.sandyhookpromise.org,” she wrote at the time.
But some are now conflating guns, with gun violence.
Hollywood gossip aficionado Perez Hilton wrote:
Now, Kim has been enjoying the shooting range for years now, and we’re sure she enjoys feeling like she can protect herself. But this was a clear example of a celebrity forgetting the height of their platform, and the social-impacting consequences that can come with it.
Here are a few responses on Twitter (content warning):
Kardashian has since removed the photo, but this isn’t the first time the reality star has posted a gun-related image.
A month before the Sandy Hook shootings, Kardashian apparently shared this picture of herself at a gun range on Twitter:
Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Kanye West this summer, has not yet issued a public response to the controversy. But she’s no stranger to political controversy.
After tweeting that she was “praying for everyone in Israel” during conflict in the region in November, she was called a “disgrace” to her people and told that she is the reason at least one Twitter user wants “to die.”
Some, though, are standing up for Kardashian.
“Kim Kardashian posted a pic of a gun on Instagram & now everyone is all pissed off,” one person tweeted, according to ABC. “I forgot the 2nd amendment didn’t count for celebs.”