The 23-second clip, which reveals the world’s richest man hearth six rounds, is amongst a sequence of extremely political posts he has shared along with his 158 million followers on X which attraction to a right-wing fanbase.
Musk, 52, is seen carrying all-black apparel together with leather-based footwear as he stands in a discipline firing three rounds proven in gradual movement, adopted by one other three rounds at full velocity.
His submit comes on the heels of a heated confrontation with liberal comic Larry David over their conflicting views on gun management legal guidelines, following the Uvalde bloodbath earlier this yr.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm comedian berated the billionaire over his Republican affiliations, equating them with a need to ‘homicide youngsters in faculties’ whereas on the marriage ceremony of their superstar associates Ari Emanuel and Sarah Staudinger on Might 27.
Elon Musk has angered liberals whereas triggering reward from Republicans after posting a video of himself hip-firing his huge Barrett .50-caliber machine gun
Liberal comic Larry David confronted Musk at a star-studded marriage ceremony earlier this yr, equating his pro-gun views with a need to ‘homicide youngsters in faculties’. (Pictured left: David at a pre-wedding dinner, and proper: Musk on the ceremony)
However such interactions have not deterred Musk from frightening extra outrage on-line – together with equal measures of admiration.
His latest gun-toting video, which was considered 80.6 million occasions on X with 840,000 ‘likes’ inside two days, was blasted by liberals.
Retired Irish rugby participant Gordon D’Arcy described Musk as a ‘muppet’ for utilizing his ginormous platform to glamorize lethal weapons.
‘One of the vital influential folks on the planet.. attempting to make weapons look cool (or I’m lacking the purpose of this tweet),’ D’Arcy mentioned. ‘What a muppet.’
Others described the Twitter tsar as ‘a dork’, ‘a loser’ and ‘an fool’, – along with his video illustrating ‘a disaster of masculinity’ and ‘one of many dumbest issues ever seen’ on X.
One other social media person mentioned the video was the newest instance of the South African-born tech boss going ‘full MAGA’.
However the video was additionally greeted with adulation – with a number of folks praising Musk’s approach, and others encouraging him to fireside from his shoulder as an alternative of the hip.
One X person described Musk as ‘the perfect billionaire on the market’, whereas a Colorado pro-gun lobbyist mentioned: ‘I knew I favored this dude’.
One other commenter, from Arkansas, described the SpaceX founder as ‘extraordinarily relatable’ for exhibiting his allegiance to the Second Modification.
‘Folks rip on Elon however in all actually he is actually simply being the person,’ they mentioned. ‘If I used to be a billionaire I might purchase my favourite social media web site and hip-fire a Barrett.’
Animator Doug TenNapel praised Musk for the video, whereas deriding his tech boss contemporaries.
‘That is how billionaires ought to have enjoyable,’ he mentioned. ‘Examine to different tech-leaders like Invoice Gates, Zuck and eye-brow plucked influencers.
‘Do you wish to placed on a pair of meta-glasses or do you wish to go shoot an awesome massive gun?!’
It comes after Musk traveled to the Texan metropolis of Eagle Go this week to talk with border officers and declare that some ‘fairly excessive folks’ have been arriving illegally.
This drew criticism from his long-standing political adversary Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who accused him taking a ‘joyride’ to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Musk mentioned he was involved about tales of violent criminals discovering their manner into the nation amongst these fleeing poverty and battle.
He mentioned tales of individuals with gang tattoos on their faces being allowed to say asylum, and mentioned it was ‘insane’.
‘They’ve murdered somebody and they’re so happy with having murdered somebody they tattoo one tear on their face for each individual they’ve killed,’ he mentioned.
Musk (heart) is seen with the mayor of Eagle Go, Rolando Salinas, in a white shirt, on Thursday
The Twitter tsar is seen on Thursday within the city of Eagle Go, Texas, with Congressman Tony Gonzalez
Ocasio-Cortez, 33, who has lengthy been essential of Musk, condemned his go to to the town and singled out his information, native Republican congressman Tony Gonzalez, for specific scorn.
‘What’s humorous about this photograph?’ she wrote on X on Thursday.
‘The Home is holding essential votes in DC tonight, persons are scrambling to keep away from a shutdown, however this Republican Congressman determined to skip city to joyride with a billionaire when his personal celebration has only a single-digit margin and wishes his vote.’
The day earlier than, Musk had mocked the Democrat congresswoman, saying she’s ‘simply not that sensible’ following her declare that extra migrants entered the U.S. via Ellis Island than have been arriving illegally throughout the Rio Grande.
Ocasio-Cortez hit again, replying to Musk: ‘I wasn’t born wealthy and have become the youngest girl in American historical past to be elected to Congress.’
Her anger at Musk got here after he warned, whereas in Eagle Go, that New York Metropolis’s lack of ability to deal with the migrant disaster was an ominous signal for the remainder of the nation.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has lengthy been engaged in a confrontation with Elon Musk
All through the month of August, upwards of 232,000 migrants crossed the US-Mexico border – and as much as two million are estimated to have crossed this yr
In his livestream from Eagle Go, Texas, Musk mentioned he wished to share along with his 158 million followers scenes from the overwhelmed border city, and at one level turned his digital camera on rows of individuals sitting on the bottom awaiting processing beneath a bridge.
However the stream crashed after solely 4 minutes, in an echo of his disastrous try to host Ron DeSantis’s marketing campaign launch on X. That broadcast, too, was marred by repeated collapse of the connection.
The South African-born Musk insisted on Thursday that he was ‘extraordinarily pro-immigrant’, however mentioned he wished to see the system regulated.