Republican Congressman Thomas Massie, who represents the state of Kentucky, posted a Christmas picture on Twitter Saturday showing everyone in his family carrying guns, sparking outrage.
Massie’s post became a trend on social media, especially since this same week the country experienced a new tragedy, when a 15-year-old student killed four classmates and wounded seven others in a shooting at an Oxford, Michigan high school
“Merry Christmas! PS: Santa, please bring ammo“was the message in the representative’s tweet
The photo shows him armed and smiling along with six members of his family, who are also seen happy and with high-caliber weapons, and the Christmas tree in the background
Firearms appear to be an M60 machine gun, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gunAccording to Reuters, according to US law, weapons such as machine guns are restricted to the Army, law enforcement agencies and civilians who have obtained special licenses for weapons manufactured before May 1986.
“An insensitive jerk”
Another legislator for the same state, Democrat John Yarmuth, was quick to respond to his colleague’s post, remarking that “not everyone in Kentucky is an insensitive jerk.”
The image has in particular outraged victims of school shootings who advocate stricter regulation of the carrying of firearms One of them is Manuel Oliver, father of one of the 17 killed in another shooting that occurred at the Parkland school , Florida, in 2018
“I don’t know if they were trying to be ironic or funny or what, but it’s in the worst taste. ” said in an interview with CNN “It is something that should teach us who we should choose and who we should not,” he added.
The Michigan school tragedy has reignited the debate about the need to control access to guns in the United States
The parents of the alleged perpetrator of the Oxford shooting have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after it became known that they had bought the weapon used by their son in the massacre The couple was arrested in the early hours of Saturday and given a bond of one million of dollars
While the teenager, Ethan Crumbley, has been charged as an adult with four counts of first degree murder, one count of terrorism, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a serious crime
With information from EFE