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Moulton’s assault rifle tweet lands on New York Daily News cover

Congressman Seth Moulton was interviewed by Globe reporter Josh Miller at Suffolk University in March.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/File

Congressman Seth Moulton, an Iraq War veteran, is making sure his stance on gun control is known.

In a criticism of Congress not passing gun control legislation, the former Marine said Monday night he would no longer attend moments of silence for shooting victims.

“The tradition is to send ‘thoughts and prayers’ first, then perhaps demand policy change later,” Moulton tweeted. “I’m done with that.”

On Tuesday, Moulton tweeted a photo of himself clad in a Marine uniform and Boston Red Sox cap, hoisting an assault rifle at chest-level.

“I know assault rifles. I carried one in Iraq,” he tweeted. “They have no place on America’s streets.”


Seven hours later, the post had almost 4,000 retweets and more than 5,000 likes.

The photo also found its way onto the cover of the Daily News in New York.

Moulton, who handles his own social media, often takes to Twitter to outline his thoughts, beliefs, and stances on issues.

“He really enjoys engaging with people on social media, and I think that constituents appreciate that it’s really him,” Carrie Rankin, his communications director, previously told the Globe.

Moulton, whose district is on the North Shore, has also been vocal about his frustrating experiences with the VA. After he was first elected, he also emphasized that the Islamic State needs to be defeated, but said combat troops are not the solution.