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    Kim Kardashian Posts Gun Photo, Sparks Outrage

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    Several folks are taking aim at Kim Kardashian after she tweeted a photo of a diamond-encrusted gun.

    The photo popped up on the E! star's Instagram account this week, and sparked some criticism as to the timing of the posting, coming as it did in the wake of Kim's recent encouraging of her Twitter followers to help combat gun violence following the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut.

    However, a source close to Kardashian tells E! News that the whole thing was "a mistake."

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    "Kim hates guns and immediately took it down," the source said.

    Indeed, the photo was quickly removed as angry comments began rolling in.

    "@KimKardashian you have too much influence to be this blind and ignorant. Innocent children & people still die even if the gun is pretty," wrote one follower.

    Others, however, defended Kanye West's other half for putting it up.

    "Kim Kardashian posted a pic of a gun on Instagram & now everyone is all pissed off. I forgot the 2nd amendment didn't count for celebs," tweeted another follower.

    Meanwhile, it was just last month that Kardashian spoke out in favor of gun control.

    "Today, people in Newtown are making the #sandyhookpromise to reduce gun violence," she tweeted on Jan. 14. "Sign the pledge with me at at sandyhookpromise.org,"

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