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NRA’s Facebook page disappears following Newtown, Conn., killings

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NRA thanks its Facebook fans for 1.7 million "likes" (NRA/Twitter)

NRA thanks its Facebook fans (NRA/Twitter)

Following the horrific elementary school shooting in Connecticut on Friday, the National Rifle Association has disappeared from Facebook.

As of Monday morning, the organization's Facebook presence has vanished. Its Twitter feed was last updated on the morning of Dec. 14, prior to the shooting. Additionally, the organization's official site at NRA.org has been silent on the mass shooting.

[Related: Funerals begin for Newton victims]

On the day before the shooting, the NRA thanked its supporters for helping the organization reach 1.7 million "likes" on Facebook. In the shooting's aftermath, the NRA's Facbook page became a destination for people to vent their frustrations with the gun lobby.

The Daily Dot reports that the NRA was inundated with negative comments on Friday and that the organization decided to "hide" its page. One person wrote, "More blood on NRA today." Another wrote, "20 people are dead and most are children. When will you start to say it's not the guns but the man?"

[Related: Pro-NRA senator calls for 'sensible' gun control dialogue]

TechCrunch argues that the NRA hiding its Facebook page may be the sensible response. The heated debate from pro- and anti-gun Americans "could have reflected poorly on the NRA, or forced it to prematurely make a statement about the shooting," TechCrunch wrote. People currently attempting to access the NRA's Facebook page are redirected to their own Facebook pages.

Thus far, the NRA has not released a statement regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. After Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in Arizona last year, the NRA did release a statement: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this senseless tragedy, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and their families during this difficult time." The NRA released a similar statement following the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting this year: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the community. NRA will not have any further comment until all the facts are known."

[Related: Sandy Hook Elementary School to remain closed as protected crime scene]

Yahoo News reached out to the NRA for comment. Our messages were not immediately returned.

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