Congressman Thomas Massie on Saturday posted a Christmas photo of him and his family smiling and posing with a variety of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed in a Michigan school shooting.
Thomas Massie posts family Christmas photo with rifles
“Merry Christmas. Santa, please bring ammo,” U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky, tweeted.
Merry Christmas! 🎄
ps. Santa, please bring ammo. 🎁 pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021
Ethan Crumbley, 15, carried out this year’s deadliest school shooting in the U.S. on Tuesday, the latest in a decades-long string of mass shootings at schools across the country His parents were arrested Saturday in connection with the killings.
Massie, who represents a solidly Republican district, posted the photo of himself and six others holding firearms resembling an M60 machine gun, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gun.
Some semi-automatic weapons are made to look almost identical to fully automatic weapons such as machine guns. Under U.S. law, weapons such as machine guns are restricted to military, law enforcement and civilians who obtained special licenses for weapons manufactured before May 1986.
Jonathan van Norman, Massie’s campaign manager, did not immediately respond to a request for comment via Twitter.
Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, who chairs the U.S. House Budget Committee, condemned his colleague’s attitude.
The shooting in Oxford, Michigan, in which four teenagers and a teacher were killed and six other students were injured, was the latest in a series of sometimes deadlier incidents that have sparked fierce debates over school safety, gun control and gun rights.