US Congressman Hit With Backlash Over Gun Family Picture Post Days After School Shooting
US Congressman Thomas Massie has been criticised for posing with guns just days after four teenagers lost their lives in a school shooting in Michigan.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been accused of killing four people – Tate Myre, 16, Hana St Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17 – and injuring eight others in a shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, with his parents also charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Less than a week after the incident, Massie, a Republican representative for Kentucky, has attracted backlash for a festive family photo decorated with an assortment of guns, including what appears to be an M60 machine gun, AR-15 rifle and a Thompson submachine gun. ‘Merry Christmas! Ps Santa, please bring ammo,’ he wrote alongside the snap on Twitter.
Among many condemning the congressman is Fred Guttenberg, a gun violence activist who lost his 14-year-old daughter in the 2018 Parkland school shooting in Florida.
Alongside a photo of her and her gravestone, he wrote, ‘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.’
Actor Adil Ray also wrote, ‘Last year in the US over 5000 children were shot. Over 1300 died. Yet a Republican politician decided this is the festive photo. Now imagine, if this was a photo by a black or Muslim family this Christmas. This is what a White Privileged Christmas looks like. Disgusting.’
Massie hasn’t apologised in light of the criticism. Rather, he’s been retweeting others defending him.
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