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    Days After The Oxford High School Shooting, This Lawmaker Shared A Christmas Card Of His Family Holding Assault Rifles, And People Are Upset

    "This is a gun fetish."

    Around this time of year, many families across the US plan and pose for their annual Christmas cards, which often include a note about what each member has been up to that year. Recently, though, lawmaker Thomas Massie put a spin on the once-wholesome tradition by introducing assault rifles into the mix.

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    On Saturday, Rep. Massie shared a photo of his family toting guns and large smiles in front of their Christmas tree, along with the note: "Merry Christmas! P.s. Santa, please bring ammo."

    Merry Christmas! 🎄 ps. Santa, please bring ammo. 🎁

    Twitter: @repthomasmassie / Via Twitter: @repthomasmassie

    The photo was posted just a few days after Michigan and the rest of the States were stunned by a shooting at Oxford High School. The gunman, a 15-year-old who has since been charged with terrorism, murder, assault, and possession of a firearm, took the lives of four students and injured several more. In light of this tragedy, many online have called Massie's post insensitive and an example of gun glorification.

    Organizations like March For Our Lives, whose mission aims to prevent future acts of gun violence, immediately condemned Massie's actions by pointing out that, "There are too many families that have to spend the holidays without their loved ones because of gun violence. This glorification of firearms fuels gun violence."

    There are too many families that have to spend the holidays without their loved ones because of gun violence. The glorification of firearms fuels gun violence. Guns should not be celebrated. https://t.co/ybesanrXZ8

    Twitter: @AMarch4OurLives / Via Twitter: @AMarch4OurLives

    Fred Guttenberg, the father of a student who died during the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, replied to Massie's post with the last photo he took of his late daughter. "The Michigan school shooter and his family used to take photos like yours as well," he said.

    @RepThomasMassie .@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.

    Twitter: @fred_guttenberg / Via Twitter: @fred_guttenberg

    Even other gun-lovers chimed in, like US Air National Guard Lt. Colonel Adam Kinzinger, who called the Christmas card's imagery a "gun fetish."

    I’m pro second amendment, but this isn’t supporting right to keep and bear arms, this is a gun fetish. https://t.co/kyKVWMof4k

    Twitter: @AdamKinzinger / Via Twitter: @AdamKinzinger

    And in a world where Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy, can be shot and killed by police when playing with a toy pellet gun, some have wondered how a photo of this nature would be perceived if the family was Black instead of white.

    Can someone photoshop this as a Black family? I’m trying to see something… https://t.co/vKgZr9nK62

    Twitter: @MalyndaHale / Via Twitter: @MalyndaHale

    But not everyone was outraged over the photo. Conservative Candace Owens condemned connections between Massie's gun-heavy photo and the recent school shooting...

    I don’t have the deranged brain of a leftist. Can somebody explain to me how they worked out that the Michigan school shooting is @RepThomasMassie’s fault because he shared a picture of him and his family holding legal fire arms? 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

    Twitter: @RealCandaceO / Via Twitter: @RealCandaceO

    ...and the National Association for Gun Rights said they'd be hanging the photo on their refrigerator.

    Can’t wait to hang this on my refrigerator ❤️ @RepThomasMassie https://t.co/T6jM3CJeT4

    Twitter: @NatlGunRights / Via Twitter: @NatlGunRights

    What do you think about Massie's post? Let us know in the comments.