Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush shared what appeared to be his definition of "America" on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon: An image of a gun with the name "Gov. Jeb Bush" engraved on it – no exclamation point.
America. pic.twitter.com/TeduJkwQF3— @JebBush
Some online took the image as distasteful, and disagreed with Bush assigning all of America the transitive property of a gun.
Instead, they pushed forward a variety of alternative possibilities.
Delete your account. https://t.co/UT19AT3Qyg— @Snowden
I feel like if your reductive image labeled "America" doesn't include a single human, you should be DQ'd from the presidency by default.— @RaeBeta
Perhaps this food is America?
i dont know why we're doing this but— @winnersusedrugs
i think this is america, too pic.twitter.com/5w9dtP8pUJ— @ChipCheezum
Or maybe these fine gentlemen are?
America. pic.twitter.com/VBvw62vy3z— @TomiLaffly
America. pic.twitter.com/RHMwD4A75v— @Gotribe31
Some suggested a variety of social issues would be more representative of America as a nation. The Flint, Mich., water crisis, for example, or the #blacklivesmatter movement.
America. pic.twitter.com/cCGGLM8NJH— @RandomJetship
America. pic.twitter.com/ApJdOPvmVf— @civilwarbore
America. pic.twitter.com/jXPGxkZhPs— @julietmcdaniel
They also noted that it may be irresponsible for a presidential candidate to tie together the nation with gun violence, given some of said previously mentioned social issues.
Btw, America experienced:— @igorvolsky
372 mass shootings in 2015
64 school shootings in 2015
33,599 deaths from firearms in2014 https://t.co/FLnHOOEnRr
Gun violence is the chief cause of death of young black boys. Nothing to add. https://t.co/prEGvVH8dF— @JamilSmith
As people shared photos of what they thought best represented America, a response grew among the people of our home and native land:
"What is Canada?"
Is it universal health care?
What about this man? Is he Canada?
Canada. pic.twitter.com/qEMhfvGk1d— @jimaley
The answer may lie in the snow.
Canada pic.twitter.com/zs6vIwNPNo— @CoryDFS
Regardless of the country in question, some on Twitter grew tired of the semantic argument, and rather quickly.
please stop the meme i served my country i shouldn't have to mute 'america'— @andylevy
Others to focus on the man responsible for the meme. They questioned if perhaps Bush was confused about his country of residence.
2033. Jeb walks the streets of Washington. He approaches strangers, pointing at tin cans. "America?" he says. He is ignored.— @Horrorsc0pes
Jeb: *pointing to gun* america— @jetgreguar
Jeb: *points to a stapler* america?
me: *holding back tears trying to find his memories* no jeb
@jetgreguar me: *picks up gun*— @The_Bard_Life
me: *cocks gun* *sniffs* "no jeb..."
And if the tweet would alienate America from its allies.
Bush himself has yet to respond to the controversy (or 18,000 retweets) his gun photo inspired, though he has since tweeted three times about his campaign.
The most recent Twitter update, which links to Bush's website, reads simply "As Commander-in-Chief, I'll be determined to deal with threats before they become catastrophes."