As President Trump took the stage to champion the Second Amendment at a National Rifle Association convention on Friday, a United States senator sought to counter his message by unleashing a Twitter storm using the names, ages and pictures of gun violence victims.
Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, who has fought for increased gun control since the 2012 school massacre in his home state, posted on Twitter on Friday morning to urge his followers not to watch Mr. Trump’s speech and instead, “think about who we are fighting for.
A spokeswoman for the N.R.A.’s Institute for Legislative Action said that Mr. Murphy’s posts were a stunt.
“It’s appalling that Chris Murphy exploits victims to push a gun control agenda even he admits wouldn’t stop criminals from committing crimes,” said the spokeswoman, Jennifer Baker. “Voters are sick of politicians who spend more time on publicity stunts than solving problems.”
The White House did not reply to an email from The Times. But during his wide-ranging 30-minute speech, Mr. Trump told members of an enthusiastic audience that they were his “friends” and that he had come to deliver “good news.”
“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” he said. “You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans.”
He added: “As your president, I will never ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Never ever.”