Manhunt tweet apology: Ark. State Rep. regrets ‘poor timing’

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Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell (R) has apologized for a crass tweet he sent out during the continued manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Bell said he wanted to apologize for the “poor timing of his tweet.”

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A screen shot of Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell’s tweet

The controversial tweet — which was sent just hours after a MIT police officer Sean Collier was killed in a shootout with the suspects — was later deleted.

Bell went on to say that “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.”