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After a school shooting, this politician publishes a family photo with guns

2021-12-06T02:40:19.935Z

The Thomas Massie photo has drawn criticism, coming just days after four teenagers were killed in a Michigan school shooting.



Father of Parkland victim reacts to photo of Republican congressman 2:51

(CNN) -

US Representative Thomas Massie has come under fire after tweeting a photo of himself and his family holding guns in front of a Christmas tree, just days after four teenagers were killed in a Michigan school shooting.

"Merry Christmas! PS: Santa, please bring ammunition," read Saturday's tweet from the Kentucky Republican Representative, which showed everyone in the photo holding various types of weapons.

Merry Christmas!

🎄


ps.

Santa, please bring ammo.

🎁 pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr

- Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021

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The reaction from parents who have lost children in school shootings was swift.

"@RepThomasMassie, since we are sharing family photos, here are mine," tweeted Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was one of 17 people killed in the 2018 shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school.

"One is the last photo I took of Jaime, the other is where she is buried from the shooting at the Parkland school."

. @ RepThomasMassie, 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.

pic.twitter.com/MsQWneJXAp

- Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 4, 2021

Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was also killed in the Parkland shooting, told CNN's Jim Acosta on Saturday that Massie's tweet is "in the worst taste."

"This is also something that should teach us who to choose and who not to," Oliver said.

"This is a very unpleasant post."

CNN has reached out to Massie and a spokesperson for the representative for comment, but has not yet received a response.

On Tuesday, four students were killed in a shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, and seven people were injured.

A 15-year-old is charged in the shooting and faces murder, terrorism and other charges, and his parents face four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting.

  • School District Releases Details of Key Events Leading to Michigan Shooting

The attack was the deadliest school shooting in the United States since eight students and two teachers were killed in May 2018 at the Santa Fe High School in Texas, according to a CNN tally.

This year there have been 48 shootings on K-12 campuses, 32 of them since August 1.

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Source: cnnespanol

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