Ark. lawmaker, Rep. Nate Bell, criticized for Boston manhunt tweet

Published On: Apr 19 2013 09:59:32 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 19 2013 10:08:24 AM HST

An Arkansas lawmaker is apologizing for the timing -- but not the content -- of a tweet he sent questioning whether "Boston liberals" wished they had an assault weapon to protect themselves while police searched for a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Republican Rep. Nate Bell on Friday morning posted on Twitter: "I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?" Bell's comments rapidly spread online, as police hunted for a suspect in Monday's bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.

Ark Representative Nate Bell Twitter

Bell said he regretted the timing of the tweet.

Arkansas Representative Nate Bell Facebook

The tweet controversy sparked a number of comments and statements from state lawmakers and party leaders in Arkansas.

Republican House Speaker Davy Carter apologized for Bell's remark, calling it insensitive. The top Democrat in the House called the tweet "tasteless."

The Democratic House Leader Greg Leding of Fayetteville said the tweet from the state representative was "uncaring," continuing,

“I can't speak for them, but I would imagine every other member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, the Arkansas Senate, and Arkansans everywhere find Rep. Bell's comments to be as reprehensible as I do. Boston is a city of patriots, and all Arkansans should stand with them today, Leding added.


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