‘Parks And Rec’ cast hit back at NRA for bringing Leslie Knope into gun control debate

The gun rights advocates used a gif of Amy Poehler's character after a televised town hall meeting with Florida school shooting survivors

The cast of Parks And Recreation have hit back at the NRA after they used a gif of character Leslie Knope in a tweet about the gun control debate.

The National Rifle Association advocates for gun rights, with the organisation’s head Wayne LaPierre saying today (February 22) that gun control campaigners “hate individual freedom“.

Yesterday, a CNN town hall meeting between survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and Congressman Ted Deutch took place. NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch was also present, and rejected calls for stricter gun regulations on several occasions in the televised meeting.

Afterwards, the NRA sent a tweet to Loesch thanking her “for being the voice of over 5 million #NRA members”. The tweet included a gif of Leslie Knope – played by Amy Poehler – saying thank you.

The tweet caught the attention of the cast and crew of the NBC show, which concluded in 2015. Creator Michael Shur tweeted: “Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.”

He also delivered a message from Poehler, saying: “Amy isn’t on twitter, but she texted me a message: “Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?”

Nick Offerman, who played Ron Swanson on the hit show, added: “Our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda – take it down and also please eat shit.” Knope’s on-screen husband Ben Wyatt (aka actor Adam Scott) also joined in, tweeting: “Hey @nra please stay the fuck away from Leslie Knope.”

Last week (February 17), Mark Kozelek released a 15-minute response song to the shooting in Florida, in which a 19-year-old former student shot and killed 17 people.