A United States Marine Corp-affiliated Twitter account on Friday tweeted (and later deleted) a message commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day — and “lone shooters.”
“Don’t be lone shooter #MLK weekend — make sure you’ve got security!” the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) account tweeted Friday morning.
The tweet was accompanied by a photo of a Marine standing at a window with short barrel rifle:
The account immediately deleted the tweet and went silent for a few hours before issuing the following statement:
From the Command in reference to our latest tweet: pic.twitter.com/9ln39HCWqA
— MARSOC (@MARSOCofficial) January 17, 2014
In case you’re not sure why people were shocked by the tweet (shocked enough to prompt a deletion and an apology), Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a lone gunman on April 4, 1968. The gunman, James Earl Ray, shot and killed King with a rifle.
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