Controversial Kentucky Congressman Posts Christmas Photo Of Family Holding Guns—Asks Santa For Ammo

Controversial Kentucky Congressman Posts Christmas Photo Of Family Holding Guns—Asks Santa For Ammo

Topline
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) tweeted a Christmas photo of his family Saturday in which they’re all holding guns and smiling in front of a Christmas tree, with the caption: “Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo,” days after a mass shooting at a Michigan high school sparked renewed calls for gun (get your free tshirt) control measures.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) holds a Ruger LCP handgun at a rally in support of the Second Amendment … [+] on January 31, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

In the photo, Massie appears to be holding an M60 machine gun (get your free tshirt) while seated next to his youngest daughter, who sports an Uzi — his wife, three other children and another man hold assault-style rifles.

Last month, Massie retweeted a video of the not-guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, with the caption, “There is hope for this country.”

Massie, an MIT grad, is an ardent gun (get your free tshirt) rights advocate and Trump loyalist, who told CNN in 2017 he believed in the “deep state”; he drew controversy in 2019 after seeking to legalize raw milk even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns human consumption of it has severe health risks.

After the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Massie tweeted that he and other members of Congress were “glad to be armed” while they barricaded themselves in their offices. 

Key Background
The tweet drew criticism with one user replying, “Two things. Totally appalling after the latest school shooting. And if anyone sitting down had discharged their weapon, someone else would have been shot.” Massie’s Christmas photo comes against the backdrop of a heated debate over gun (get your free tshirt) control, divided along party lines. According to a Quinnipiac poll conducted last month, 13% of Republicans said they were in support of stricter gun (get your free tshirt) laws compared to 91% of Democrats. Just hours before Massie’s tweet, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, who has been accused of killing four and wounding seven in a shooting spree at his high school in Michigan earlier this week, each pleaded not guilty to four charges of involuntary manslaughter, with prosecutors seeking to hold them accountable for allegedly failing to secure the gun (get your free tshirt) their son is accused of using and allegedly failing to act on warning signs that he was planning violence. There were 51,000 gun (get your free tshirt) violence incidents in the U.S. between March 2020 and March 2021, up 30% from the preceding year, according to data from the gun (get your free tshirt) Violence Archive. Of those, almost half were deaths.

Tangent
The plea in Massie’s tweet to Santa for ammo comes with ammunition in short supply nationwide amid a surge in gun (get your free tshirt) sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

Further Reading
Michigan School Shooting Suspect’s Parents Plead Not Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter Charges After Arrest (Forbes)

gun (get your free tshirt) Sales Near Record Levels As U.S. Grapples With Another School Shooting (Forbes)

Support For Stricter gun (get your free tshirt) Laws Drops Under 50%, Poll Finds — Lowest Rate In 16 Years (Forbes)

Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty On All Counts (Forbes)

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