UPDATE, June 22, 9:32 a.m. ET: The Associated Press addressed the photographs, saying they were not meant to show Cruz in a "negative light."
An Associated Press photograph depicting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with a handgun pointed right between his eyes became a hot topic on social media Sunday night.
The image was taken Saturday in Iowa by the AP’s Charlie Neibergall, Politico reported, and the firearm is on a poster in the background at a “Celebrate the 2nd Amendment Event” at the CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston.
Cruz, a strident proponent of gun rights, encouraged residents to adopt a Texan approach to guns by simply “hitting what you aim at,” Politico reported.
Some weren't amused at the AP for making the photo available, noting that the news cycle would head into hyperdrive if the outlet provided such a photo with a Democrat depicted.
Twitter user @lifebythecreek pointed out that “as photographer, that is not a normal angle from which to take a picture UNLESS you’re trying to do this.”
Here's what others had to say:
AP Image’s website has other images from the event with and without the pistol in the background, Politico added.
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