State Rep. Nate Bell sends tweet about 'Boston liberals' - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

State Rep. Nate Bell sends tweet about 'Boston liberals'

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE: At about 12:20, Nate Bell released a statement on his Facebook and Twitter pages. It reads:

"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."

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - A tweet sent by State Representative Nate Bell (R) is gaining national attention and causing quite a bit of controversy. 

As news broke about the Boston bombing suspects Friday morning the State Rep. sent out the following tweet about gun control.

"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"

Hash tag "2A" means Second Amendment. Twitter followers were in an uproar saying the tweet was "insensitive" and "disrespectful," however the tweet has been retweeted over 1,000 times and has over 200 favorites.

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter sent Channel Seven this statement Friday afternoon:

"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."

Channel Seven's Matt Johnson will have more on this story at 5 & 6.