Rep. Nate Bell apologizes after tweet gets national attention

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    State Rep. Nate Bell. (Photo: Arkansas House of Representatives)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- An Arkansas state representative tweeted about the manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects, and it's getting national attention.

    Rep. Nate Bell tweeted at 8:25 a.m. from his account.

    The tweet reads: "I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2a"

    The Huffington Post has now picked up on the tweet calling it "insensitive".

    And Esquire Magazine contributing journalist Charles B. Pierce has posted about the tweet as well in a blog post titled "Bite Me". In the post he gave a link to Bell's contact page.

    And here in Arkansas, it's getting reaction. House Speaker Davy Carter responded to the tweet saying:

    "On behalf of the Arkansas House of Representatives and the state of Arkansas, I want to extend my deepest apologies to the people of the City of Boston and the state of Massachusetts for the inappropriate and insensitive comment made this morning by an Arkansas House member. I can assure the people of Boston and the people of Massachusetts that Arkansans have them in their thoughts and prayers during this tragic time."

    Just before 12:20 p.m. on Friday, Bell posted an apology on his Facebook page and Twitter saying:

    "I would like to apologize to the people of Boston & Massachusetts for the poor timing of my tweet earlier this morning. As a staunch and unwavering supporter of the individual right to self defense, I expressed my point of view without thinking of its effect on those still in time of crisis. In hindsight, given the ongoing tragedy that is still unfolding, I regret the poor choice of timing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers were with the people of Boston overnight and will continue as they recover from this tragedy.

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