NRA tweets photo of AR-15 on day of National School Walkout for no particular reason

It’s probably just a coincidence, right?

On a day when students all over the U.S. walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence in schools, the National Rifle Association tweeted a photo of an AR-15 — a weapon frequently used in mass shootings.

The NRA posted the tweet, that read, “I’ll control my own guns, thank you,” on Wednesday morning.

An AR-15 was allegedly used by the Parkland, Florida, school shooter in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre last month that left 17 dead. Since the shooting — which spurred student organizers to plan Wednesday’s nationwide walkout — many have called for stricter gun control, urging retailers to stop selling assault-style rifles and putting pressure on the NRA to support common-sense safety measures.

Wednesday’s tweet falls within the gun lobby’s hardline stance on preserving Americans’ right to own firearms.

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World Peace And Unification Sanctuary religious group holds blessing ceremony for couples and their AR-15 rifles
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World Peace And Unification Sanctuary religious group holds blessing ceremony for couples and their AR-15 rifles
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A church official holds an AR-15 rifle during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a 'commitment ceremony' or 'Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing'. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: Couples hold AR-15 rifles and other guns during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a 'commitment ceremony' or 'Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing'. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A man holds a pistol during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a 'commitment ceremony' or 'Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing'. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: Couples hold AR-15 rifles and other guns during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a 'commitment ceremony' or 'Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing'. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A woman holds an AR-15 rifle during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a 'commitment ceremony' or 'Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing'. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: A woman holds an AR-15 rifle during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a 'commitment ceremony' or 'Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing'. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEWFOUNDLAND, PA - FEBRUARY 28: Reverend Hyung Jin Moon, the church's pastor and the son of the late Sun Myung Moon, (left) participates in a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and it has encouraged couples to bring the weapons to a 'commitment ceremony' or 'Perfection Stage Book of Life Registration Blessing'. Officials in the rural area in the Pocono Mountains have reportedly told elementary school parents that their children will be relocated on Wednesday to accommodate the AR-15 ceremony. The semiautomatic rifles are similar to the weapon used in a Florida high school shooting on February 14. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary holds weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary hold weapons during their service February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Rev. Yeon Ah Lee Moon, wife of Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, holds weapon as worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary attend services February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The US flag flies outside World Peace and Unification Sanctuary before a service on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters gather outside as worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary attend services on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man wearing a crown of rifle shells, takes communion, as worshippers at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary attend services February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man carries his rifle past a car in the parking lot after a World Peace and Unification Sanctuary service on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers prepare for servicesat a World Peace and Unification Sanctuary service on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Worshippers prepare for servicesat a World Peace and Unification Sanctuary service on February 28, 2018 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Rev Hyung Jin Moon holds a copy of the US constitution during services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed men watch over the crowd of worshippers before services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Rev Hyung Jin Moon arrives carrying a crown during services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary February 28, 2018 in New Foundland, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of worshipers gathered inside a Pennsylvania-based church at a blessing ceremony for couples featuring their AR-15 rifles. World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the 'rod of iron' in the biblical book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons to the commitment ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Some on social media questioned the timing of the tweet, coming on a day when many are speaking out about gun violence.

Criticism against the NRA has ramped up in the weeks following the Parkland shooting. A recent poll found that 51 percent of voters said the NRA supports policies that are bad for the nation, up from 47 percent in October.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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