01:36 GMT03 August 2021
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    GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush stirred up the Twitterverse on Tuesday by posting a photo of a gun with his name engraved on it. Response from social network users promptly followed, but it was probably not the kind of reaction he sought.

    The controversy on Twitter over Jeb's imprudent post surprised few, considering the rise in domestic violence in the US and the many shootings in schools, churches and workplaces that make headlines with increasing regularity. Many criticized the wealthy candidate for equating their homeland with a gun.

    Others didn't take Jeb's awkward sense of what he considers appropriate behavior seriously. Twitter exploded with mockery.

    People from different parts of the world launched a flashmob aimed at acquainting the Republican presidential hopeful with ‘weapons' symbolizing their countries.

    There were some fictional worlds, too.

    The former Florida governor, who is pro-gun, may have hoped to gain some support on social media. Instead, his gun tweet gave rise to a new negative Internet meme. Everybody has their own satirical idea of what best represents America.

    Even National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden got into the act, tweeting this sound advice to candidate Bush: "Delete your account."


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