Jeb Bush found a way to stir up Twitter.
He had gotten it earlier during a tour of FN Manufacturing, a major firearms maker in Columbia, S.C. But Bush posted the caption without context, leading to the range of emotion you'd expect. By 9 p.m. Tuesday it had been retweeted more than 15,500 times.
And Twitter was ready to respond. Some altered the inscription on the gun. Others named another location — often a fictional location — and the "weapon of choice" from that location.
Here are some examples:
America. pic.twitter.com/MorPudzfSl— Jerry White (@BostonJerry) February 16, 2016
DON'T DO IT! IT'S JUST AN ELECTION!!! https://t.co/q5wDPj3Vgj— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) February 16, 2016
Jeb Bush, down 12 strokes going into the final hole, just aimed dead at the ocean and hit a driver thinking it might help him win— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 16, 2016
If my friend sent me this tweet I'd drop everything and go to him. https://t.co/4yLZImp5Gy— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) February 16, 2016
The New York Daily News, which has seized the gun issue repeatedly on its front pages, mocked Bush on its Wednesday cover:
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times, with Patricia Mazzei