Thursday's mass shooting at the Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon has brought the issue of American gun laws into focus yet again.
Ten people died and seven were injured on Thursday in the shooting in Roseburg, roughly 170 miles south of the city of Portland.
But even as details of the shooting began to emerge, American gun rights activists wasted no time in airing their views.
Despite the full facts not yet being known, activists took to social media to defend the right to bear arms.
And it wasn't long before the victims themselves appeared to be being blamed.
You can whine about #uccshooting victims, or learn how not to be one.
I'm going back to the range, right now. pic.twitter.com/aKg0uVZRmd— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) October 1, 2015
Be a victim, or not. Your choice. pic.twitter.com/EQp8pQqRjj— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) October 1, 2015
Oregon allows registered gun owners to conceal carry weapons, but the Umpqua Community College's policy was for a 'no gun zone' on campus - prompting further criticism of those affected by the shooting.
Imagine this scenario: What if someone in that class had a conceal permit. let that sink in. #OregonShooting— Bling Things (@doxie99) October 1, 2015
Just heard the details about the Oregon shooting. If that isn't a reason to let students conceal carry, then I honestly don't know what is— Ryan Settles (@Ryanis_Settled) October 2, 2015
Hi i speak for alot of oregon, dont take our guns. Criminals will still be criminals and have guns anyways. HAVE TEACHERS CARRY— Vincent (@tce_vincent) October 1, 2015
@seanhannity I wonder what Obama would have said if a law abiding gun permit conceal carry holding citizen thwarted the attack in Oregon.— The Political HEAT (@DanAdamsPGH) October 2, 2015
Heart goes out to those Oregon Community College students. Please invest in conceal and carry licenses to stop things like this— Felipe Jose Chemali (@nastyboyfelipe) October 1, 2015
This is why conceal carry on college campus's is basic common sense! Prayers for these folks...... https://t.co/xR6pD3D9dn— Leon francis (@java101) October 1, 2015
And it was argued "gun free zones attract criminals"
Gun Free Zones are magnets for armed lunatics.October 2, 2015
Gun Free Zones Kill.
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Latest news: a shooting at a college in Oregon. This is a gun free zone. I have enrolled my college daughter in a conceal/carry class.— Robert (@davis1087) October 1, 2015
And it isn't just gun rights activists arguing for further relaxation of gun carry laws.
Abbott said: “In the other 43 states that have open carry, there haven’t been any issues because of open carry. We don’t anticipate there being any issue or challenges in the state of Texas," KTXS reported.