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Marine Corps Tweets "Lone Shooter" Joke — For MLK Day

UPDATE: The Marine Corps has apologized for the tweet. "Don't be lone shooter #MLK weekend — make sure you've got security!" An official account, and a quickly deleted tweet.

Posted on January 17, 2014, at 12:04 p.m. ET

On Friday, the official account for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) tweeted a Martin Luther King Day-themed warning.

Don't be lone shooter #MLK weekend! make sure you've got security- stay safe! #MARSOC #Marines #shortbarrelforVBSS


Don't be lone shooter #MLK weekend! make sure you've got security- stay safe!

#MARSOC #Marines #shortbarrelforVBSS

10:52 AM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They also posted the message on their Facebook community page.

The posts were quickly removed from both pages when commenters began to question if the messages were in good taste.

Parent tweet has been deleted / Via Twitter: @MARSOCofficial

Although the Facebook page and the Twitter account are not verified, both are officially associated with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Both accounts are linked on the official recruiting website, which was launched in June 2013 "to entice more Marines to apply to become operators or support personnel within the organization," according to a Navy Times report.

“As MARSOC continues to develop and manage our personnel, we are targeting potential recruits from the Marine Corps... so we can train and educate them to meet MARSOC’s future needs,” spokesman Staff Sgt. Robert Storm said about the site's launch.

The Marine Corps Public Affairs Office has not responded to BuzzFeed's request for comment.

Update - 1:30 p.m.: Marine Corps Command apologized for the tweet via the same Twitter account.

From the Command in reference to our latest tweet:


From the Command in reference to our latest tweet:

01:29 PM - 17 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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