THE National Rifle Association (NRA) has shared a Mother's Day message with an image of a mom and daughter both wielding guns.
The snap is labeled up with the words "mama didn't raise a victim" as the gun rights groups dubbed its members "fierce women".
The message on Twitter reads: "Happy Mother’s Day to all NRA moms!
"On top of the millions of other jobs moms have, NRA moms fight for our right to self-defense, while also defending themselves, their families, and communities.
"We are forever grateful for these fierce women."
The tweet sparked an eruption of responses from users outraged at the image of a child toting a weapon.
One wrote: "Looks like the NRA supports arming children with automatic weapons now. How long until they begin the fight for kids to open carry in the classroom?"
While another added: "So a child who is too young to legally vote has the maturity to handle a firearm responsibility?"
But some defended the NRA's Mother's Day tribute, with one responding: "I support little girls learning firearm safety and education."
The NRA is the predominant gun rights group in the United States, and in recent years has played a leading role in blocking attempts to introduce stricter controls on gun ownership.
The group says it has a total of five million members, with around 400,000 of them in Texas.
Back in January, the NRA announced that it was filing for bankruptcy and relocating from New York to Texas.
They said in a statement that the move was part of a "restructuring plan" and that it would "continue as it always has".
In a letter to members, CEO Wayne LaPierre claimed that the group was not insolvent and was in fact "as financially strong as we have been in years".
The NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows entities to continue operating while working on a plan to repay creditors.
A petition listed assets and liabilities of as much as $500 million each.
The group also endorsed Donald Trump's run for the reelected as President, saying he will “never let the Radical Left take away your Rights, your Guns, or your Police!”
They said Trump had “done more than any president to protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”
Meanwhile in August last year, New York attorney general Letitia James filed a lawsuit alleging that fraud by the NRA's leadership had cost the organization $64million in losses.
The suit sought to have the group dissolved on the grounds that it had violated New York laws governing the operations of nonprofit organisations.
It claimed four top officials, LaPierre included, had used the organization as their "personal piggy bank" and diverted millions of dollars in funds from its charitable causes.
The NRA countersued, claiming that the suit was a "baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend".
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