Republican Congressman Thomas Massie Draws Criticism for Posting Christmas Family Photo with Guns

Republican Congressman Thomas Massie has drawn criticism after posting a Christmas photo of himself and his family holding guns, just days after four teenagers were killed in a high school shooting in Michigan.

Massie, the Republican representative from Kentucky, uploaded on Twitter a photo of himself and six others smiling and holding firearms resembling machine guns and semi-automatic weaponry in front of a Christmas tree.

“Merry Christmas! P.S. Santa, please bring ammo,” Massie wrote in the post that quickly drew outrage.

Fred Guttenberg, an activist against gun violence, responded with a photo of his 14-year-old daughter who was killed at the 2018 Parkland school shooting in Florida, along with a photo of her gravestone.

“Since we are sharing family photos, here are mine. One is the last photo that I ever took of Jaime, the other is where she is buried because of the Parkland school shooting,” Guttenberg wrote.

“The Michigan school shooter and his family used to take photos like yours as well,” Guttenberg added.

On Nov. 30, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley opened fire at Oxford High School in Michigan, killing four students and injuring at least seven people.

Prosecutors charged the teenager of murder and terrorism and his parents of involuntary manslaughter.

Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was also killed in the Parkland shooting, told CNN that Massie’s post was “the worst taste ever.”

“This is also something that should teach us who should we elect and not,” Oliver said.

Democratic Kentucky Representative John Yamuth also criticized Massie.

“I’m old enough to remember Republicans screaming that it was insensitive to try to protect people from gun violence after a tragedy. Now they openly rub the murder of children in our faces like they scored a touchdown. Disgraceful,” Yamuth said on Twitter.

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