WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (Note language in penultimate paragraph)
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.
âMerry Christmas! Ps. Santa Claus, please bring ammo,â United States Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky wrote 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. Her parents were arrested https://www.reuters.com/world/us/parents-suspected-michigan-school-shooter-themselves-wanted-taken-into-custody-2021-12-04 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.
U.S. Democratic Representative John Yarmuth, who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has condemned the post of fellow Kentuckian.
“I’m old enough to remember Republicans shouting that it was callous to try to protect people from gun violence after a tragedy,” Yarmuth wrote on Twitter, apparently referring to calls for control laws. fire arms.
“I promise not everyone in Kentucky is a callous asshole,” he added.
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.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; editing by Jonathan Oatis)