As Twitchy told you earlier, the DOJ has charged 29-year-old Russian national Mariia Butina with “conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States.” According to the FBI, Butina worked to develop relationships with a “gun rights organization,” which was reportedly confirmed to be the NRA.

Now, while NBC News’ initial tweet on the story was pretty straightforward:

They apparently couldn’t resist including a not-so-subtle detail in their next tweet:

OK …

Of all the possible ways to describe Butina, why did NBC News opt for “gun-loving”?

Butina’s alleged relationship with the NRA is certainly eyebrow-raising, to say the least. But choosing “gun-loving” as the main descriptor for an effing alleged Russian agent doesn’t seem so much like reporting as it does tying themselves into knots to work in a dig at gun owners (most of whom, we’ll bet, haven’t conspired against American interests). Again.

This crap is getting old.