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US lawmaker slammed for gun-toting Christmas tweet after school shooting


Thomas Massie (right on the couch) in a Christmas photo of his family holding guns, in this image obtained from Twitter, posted on Saturday. Courtesy: Twitter

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A US Congressman's photo with his family smiling and holding guns in front of a Christmas tree has raked up the wounds of parents of the Michigan high school shooting victims who were trying come to terms of their irreparable loss.

Thomas Massie posted the photo of himself and six members of his family, each gripping a gun on his twitter handle and wrote "Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo."

The US congressman, a representative for the staunchly Republican state of Kentucky, is under fire from all corners after posting the picture, according to a report by Associated Press.

The parents of school shooting victims and fellow lawmakers accused Massie of insensitivity days after a teenager shot dead four fellow high school students in Oxford, Michigan.

"Disgraceful," wrote John Yarmuth, a Democratic congressman from Kentucky, saying such messages from pro-gun Republicans "openly rub the murder of children in our faces like they scored a touchdown."

Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman for Illinois, tweeted that he supported US gun rights, but "this isn't supporting right to keep and bear arms, this is a gun fetish."

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the United States' deadliest-ever school shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018, hit back at Massie's post with one of his own. "@RepThomasMassie, since we are sharing family photos, here are mine," he wrote.

"One is the last photo that I ever took of Jaime, the other is where she is buried." Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was also killed in Parkland, was being interviewed on CNN about gun control as Massie's post was trending.

"That's a huge part of the problem," he said after being shown the post.

"This is also something that should teach us who we should elect and not."

Massie garnered support from other corners, with right-wing commentator Candace Owens tweeting to her nearly three million followers: "Can somebody explain to me how they worked out that the Michigan school shooting is (Massie's) fault because he shared a picture of him and his family holding legal fire arms?"

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