Politician slammed for gun-heavy family Christmas pic days after school shooting

A politician has been slammed online after posing for a family Christmas photo with guns, just days after the deadly school shooting in Michigan.

In the bizarre photo, US Congressman Thomas Massie is seen with his wife and five others, grinning in front of a Christmas tree whilst brandishing seven large firearms.

The guns appear to include an M60 machine gun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gun.

The Republican Representative from Kentucky posted it on Twitter, alongside the caption: "Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo."

Just last week 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley allegedly opened fire at Oxford High School in Michigan, killing four students and injuring a further seven people.

He has not pleaded guilty to killing Tate Myre, 16, Hana St Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.

He has been charged as an adult and faces 24 counts after last Tuesday's attack, including four first-degree murder charges and a terrorism charge.

His parents also face charges after allegedly buying him the gun he used.

Several prominent Americans have since voiced their criticism of Massie's photo.

Democratic Representative John Yarmuth wrote on Twitter: "I’m old enough to remember Republicans screaming that it was insensitive to try to protect people from gun violence after a tragedy."

Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed in the Parkland school shooting in 2018, told CNN: "I don’t know if he’s trying to be ironic, funny or what… This is also something that should teach us who we should elect and not."

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was also killed in the shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, shared a picture of his daughter and her gravestone in response to Massie.

He wrote on Twitter: "@RepThomasMassie, 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.

"The Michigan school shooter and his family used to take photos like yours as well."

Another Twitter user replied to Massie: "The bar was on the floor, but somehow you managed to tunnel underneath it."

Massie's original post now has almost 80,000 likes and has been defended by conservatives, such as columnist Todd Starnes who described it as the "best Christmas photo ever".

Right-wing commentator Candace Owens also defended it, tweeting: "I don’t have the deranged brain of a leftist.

"Can somebody explain to me how they worked out that the Michigan school shooting is @RepThomasMassie’s fault because he shared a picture of him and his family holding legal fire arms?"

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