NRA Mocks Kim Kardashian's Stance On Gun Control After She's Robbed At Gunpoint


04/10/2016 6:24 AM AEDT | Updated 05/10/2016 1:45 AM AEDT

The National Rifle Association decided it was appropriate to needle Kim Kardashian West about her position on gun control after the reality TV star was robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

Kardashian West was robbed early Monday morning by armed thieves dressed as police officers. Her representatives said she was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” during the incident, which took place at a private apartment she was staying at during Paris Fashion Week.

As many public figures offered support for the celebrity on Monday morning, the NRA instead seized the chance to argue against the efficacy of background checks.

The tweets appear to be in response to Kardashian West’s criticism of the U.S. Senate for failing to bolster background checks in June after a shooter left 49 people dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 

The gun lobby has led the charge in defeating even the most modest of gun control proposals, arguing that stronger background checks would infringe on Second Amendment rights without doing much to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

However, research indicates that background checks are much more effective than the NRA claims. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health last year, a 1995 law that made it more difficult to buy a gun in Connecticut reduced gun homicides by as much as 40 percent. Several other studies have shown that background checks are effective at reducing gun violence. 

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