US Congressman posts Christmas photo of family with guns, days after school shooting – .

US Congressman posts Christmas photo of family with guns, days after school shooting – .

U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) in a Christmas photo of his family holding guns, in this image obtained from Twitter, posted on December 4, 2021. Courtesy of Twitter @REPTHOMASMASSIE / Social media via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT TWITTER @REPTHOMASMASSIA.@ REPTHOMASMASSIE / Reuters

A U.S. congressman on Saturday posted a Christmas photo of himself and what appeared to be his family, smiling and posing with an assortment of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed during the a high school shooting in Michigan.

” Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammunition, ”wrote US Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky on Twitter.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, committed the deadliest American school shooting this year on Tuesday, the latest in a decades-long spate of mass shootings at American schools. His parents were arrested on Saturday in connection with the murders.

Massie, who represents a strong Republican district, posted the photo of himself and six others holding guns resembling an M60 machine gun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gun.

Some semi-automatic weapons are designed to be almost identical to fully automatic weapons like machine guns. Under U.S. law, weapons such as machine guns are restricted to military, law enforcement, and civilians who have obtained special licenses for weapons manufactured before May 1986.

Jonathan van Norman, campaign manager for Massie, did not immediately respond to a request for comment via Twitter.

The shooting in Oxford, Michigan – in which four teenagers were killed and a teacher and six other students were injured – was the latest in a series of sometimes more deadly incidents that sparked heated debates over safety in school, gun control and gun rights.

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