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Daniel Defense, maker of the Uvalde marksman rifle, tweeted an image of a gun with a child

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Gunsmith Daniel Defense posted a publicity photo online of a toddler holding one of his AR-15-style rifles just days before one of his firearms was used in the shooting. elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The picture shows a young boy holding the gun in his lap, with the caption: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not stray from it.”

This is a reference to a biblical proverb.

The caption ends with an emoji of two hands joined in prayer.

In the photo, the boy is sitting cross-legged and staring at the gun in his lap. The ammunition clip is lying separately on the ground. He wears a T-shirt that reads “#Rascal”. An adult’s arm is seen pointing towards him.

Daniel Defense posted the picture on Twitter on May 16.

The following week, a gunman used a Daniel Defense DDM4 rifle to kill 19 children and two adults at a Texas school, authorities said.

The rifle is inspired by the M4 carbine, the US Army’s rifle of choice, according to a Daniel Defense blog post. Daniel Defense, which manufactures the weapon, is based out of Savannah, Ga.

Shortly after the school shooting, Daniel Defense shielded his tweets, hiding them from public view. But screenshots of his old tweets have been circulating online. Archived versions of Twitter messages were also available.

Daniel Defense did not respond to requests for comment. In a statement on the shooting, he said, among other things, “We will keep the families of the victims and the entire community of Uvalde in our thoughts and prayers.”

The same day as the shooting, Daniel Defense tweeted again – perhaps unaware of the devastation that had just occurred at a school in a small town in Texas.

“Are you running a DDM4 V7?” asks the message, in a photo of a Daniel Defense branded cap and vest, his rifle in full view.

Daniel Defense had planned to host an exhibitor booth at the National Rifle Association’s upcoming annual convention, which is set to begin Friday in Houston, just 275 miles from Uvalde.

“GIVEAWAYS, DEMOS, CELEBRITY APPEARANCES AND MORE!” the gunsmith announced online.

One of the people scheduled to make an appearance at the Daniel Defense booth on Saturday was Colion Noir, a prominent black gun rights activist and lawyer, according to online advertisements.

But those plans – along with the entire Daniel Defense exhibit – appear to be shelved.

The NRA’s list of exhibitors no longer includes Daniel Defense among the hundreds of gunsmiths, gun parts manufacturers and taxidermists appearing in the convention hall.

Stand no. 4839, once claimed by Daniel Defense, now bears a new name: the NRA.