Kevin O’Leary slammed for post­ing gun video on day of mosque fu­neral

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Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship can­di­date Kevin O’Leary says he took down an In­ter­net video of him­self fir­ing au­to­matic weapons out of “re­spect” for the me­mo­rial to three of the six vic­tims of the week­end mas­sacre at a Que­bec City mosque.

The video de­picted O’Leary fir­ing a va­ri­ety of high-pow­ered weapons — in­clud­ing ma­chine guns and an as­sault ri­fle — dur­ing a visit to a Mi­ami gun range. It was posted just as the high­pro­file fu­neral in Mon­treal was get­ting un­der­way.

Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale de­scribed the tim­ing of the video as “ob­vi­ously crass, in­sen­si­tive and ex­ceed­ingly dumb.”

The post went up as sev­eral thou­sand mourn­ers, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, paid their re­spects to shoot­ing vic­tims Ab­delkrim Has­sane, Khaled Belka­cemi and Aboubaker Thabti at a Mon­treal arena.

There were also prayers at the ser­vice for the three other vic­tims — Azzed­dine Soufi­ane, Ma­madou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry. An­other fu­neral is sched­uled to take place Fri­day in Que­bec City.

The short clip, posted on the video shar­ing ser­vice Vimeo, showed O’Leary blaz­ing away at pa­per tar­gets with a num­ber of firearms, in­clud­ing what looks like a heavy-cal­i­bre sniper ri­fle.

“Still got my marks­man chops from my days as a mil­i­tary cadet at Stanstead Col­lege,” said the ac­com­pa­ny­ing cap­tion.

Sev­eral hours later, O’Leary tweeted, “Out of re­spect for to­day’s ser­vice, I have taken down my last post.”

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