BuzzFeed Editor Tweets “Push for Gun Control” as Louisiana Shooting News Unfolded

BuzzFeed Editor Tweets “Push for Gun Control” as Louisiana Shooting News Unfolded

BuzzFeed news editor Rachel Zarrell called for individuals to “push for gun control” as news of the deadly shooting at a Louisiana movie theater unfolded Thursday night.

Right before posting the tweet that set off a firestorm, the editor tweeted this:

At least three were killed, including the shooter, after a gunman opened fire at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. Nine more were injured, authorities said.

When an individual suggested that Zarrell first give the victims and their families “a brief moment of respect,” she responded.

She later told the same person that “without agenda there would be more tragedy.”

Twitter users did not take Zarrell’s approach very well:

However, within an hour after the controversial tweet, Zarrell suddenly apologized after to the conservative activist Stephen Miller tweeted at BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith asking him to comment.

Miller had highlighted a discrepancy between Zarrell’s tweets and BuzzFeed’s “ethics and standards guide,” which prohibits editorial news staffers from “commenting in a partisan way about candidates or policy issues.”

Zarrell’s boss and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith did end up commenting and stood up for his writer. 

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