GOP lawmaker slammed for family photo with ASSAULT RIFLES just DAYS after deadly school shooting
A Kentucky congressman sparked widespread outrage after the Republican posted a Christmas photo of him and seven members of his family brandishing large guns just days after a massacre at a Michigan high school.
Representative Thomas Massie tweeted the photo of him, his wife and their five children hoisting assault rifles in front of a Christmas tree on Saturday.
“Merry Christmas!” Massie captioned the photo, alongside a Christmas tree emoji.
‘ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammunition,” he added, followed by a gift emoji.
Massie’s photo, which garnered 31.4K likes, 4826 retweets and 17.7K quote tweets within five hours of posting, was criticized as unusual. tone-deaf in the wake of yet another deadly high-profile school shooting that killed four students and injured seven, including a teacher.
Pictured: The Christmas photo in question, which shows Massie and his family armed with guns in front of a Christmas tree
“Merry Christmas!” Massie captioned the photo on Twitter, pictured alongside a Christmas tree emoji. ‘ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammunition,” he added, followed by a gift emoji
The shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday is said to have been carried out by 15-year-old student Ethan Crumbley, whose parents James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged Saturday with involuntary manslaughter after giving him access to a gun.
Shortly after Massie posted the provocative photo, the father of a parkland, Florida school shooter appeared on CNN to discuss the Oxford tragedy.
Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin “Guac” Oliver was one of 17 students and teachers murdered in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, spoke of Massie’s photo and its insensitivity at a time when gun-related tragedies are a regular occurrence. .
“That’s a big part of the problem,” Oliver said of Massie’s photo.
‘Someone elected leaders like this who think that – I don’t know if they’re trying to be ironic, funny or whatever – but it’s the worst taste ever. … It’s a very annoying post.’
“Since we share family photos, here are mine. (This) is the last photo I ever took of Jaime, the other one is where she’s buried from the Parkland school shooting,” read one of the comments.
Rep. Thomas Massie, pictured, holds up an iPad with a January 6 video during a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the US Capitol on October 21, 2021
His feelings were shared by many Twitter users.
“The students aren’t even buried in Michigan because of the school shooting, but this GOP representative wants you to know that he won’t allow a little thing like children to be killed to stop him from celebrating guns,” tweeted Dean Obeidallah.
“I’m for the Second Amendment, but this does not support the right to bear and bear arms, this is a gun fetish,” wrote Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican congressman.
“@FBI I’d like to report the next group of mass murders,” one user tweeted.
“Alexa, show me everything that’s wrong with America in one picture,” Jeff Tiedrich remarked.
Shortly after Massie posted the provocative photo, the father made a shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida and appeared on CNN to discuss the tragedy in Oxford.
“Alexa, show me everything that’s wrong with America in one photo,” Jeff Tiedrich responded
‘Awful. And you are all so brainwashed you don’t see how disturbing this is,” another user tweeted
“@FBI, I’d like to report the next group of massacres,” one user tweeted
“MORE OF THIS,” US alt-right and alt-lite political activist, television correspondent Jack Posobiec tweeted of Massie’s controversial photo
‘Awful. And you are all so brainwashed, you don’t see how disturbing this is,” another user tweeted.
“Since we share family photos, here are mine. One is the last photo I ever took of Jaime, the other is where she is buried from the Parkland school shooting,” Fred Guttenberg said on Twitter.
“The Michigan school shooter and his family used to take pictures like yours, too.”
However, alt-right political activist and television correspondent Jack Posobiec applauded the tweet.
“MORE OF THIS,” Posobiec tweeted.