Patriots Linebacker Faces Pushback for Posting Photo of ‘Assault Weapon’ on Instagram

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New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison is getting pushback for posting a photo of an “assault weapon” on Instagram.

As a Pittsburgh Steeler, Harrison expressed his enthusiasm for guns by posing for Men’s Journal with a revolver in one hand and a pistol in the other.

Now, his photographs have moved to more politically-charged weapons. The “assault weapon” photo he posted to Instagram is an AK-47 emblazoned with his jersey number, 92.

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Harrison received thousands of likes on the photo, but some Instragram followers took exception. One asked, “This is the musket the founders in mind right? SMH.” Another wrote, “How do I unfollow?”

Photographs of firearms (or hunting expeditions) always draw a number of haters.

For example, on September 28, 2016, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tweeted a photo of a deer he shot during hunting season.

Although the response was overwhelmingly positive, Wentz was not without followers who called him a “murderer.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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