Here's a great precursor to Martin Luther King Day weekend. One Marine Corps unit was forced to made quick use of the Twitter's "Delete" feature after advising followers "don't be a lone shooter" over the next few days. Alas, it was too late.

           

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) operates out of Camp Lejune in North Carolina and acts as an auxiliary team to the Marine Corps.  For anyone who confused as to why this might be considered offensive, Dr. King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in April 1968. That's certainly not what the MARSOC wants its followers thinking of during the weekend prior to Dr. King's holiday. 

ThinkProgress reached out to the MARSOC public affairs office, who confirmed that the tweet came from the official account, but were sparse with other details:

The MARSOC public affairs office confirmed to ThinkProgress that is the official account of the unit and that a staffer “may have” sent out the tweet in question. “We can pull that,” Gunnery Sgt. Robert Storm, the public affairs officer on duty, told ThinkProgress. The tweet was deleted minutes later. Sgt. Storm was unable to provide more details about the genesis of the tweet, instead passing along further comment to Capt. Barry Morris. Capt. Morris has not returned ThinkProgress’ requests for comment at this time.

Always think before you tweet. Always.

[via ThinkProgress]