U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie in a Christmas photo of his family holding guns, in this image obtained from Twitter, posted on December 4, 2021.
“Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo,” U.S. Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky wrote on Twitter.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, on Tuesday carried out the deadliest U.S. school shooting this year, the latest in a decades-long series of mass shootings at U.S. schools.
His parents were arrested on Saturday in connection with the slayings.
Massie, who represents a solidly Republican district, posted the picture of himself and six others holding firearms resembling an M60 machine gun, AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gun.
Some semi-automatic weapons are made to look nearly identical to fully automatic weapons like machine guns.
Under U.S. law, weapons like machine guns are restricted to the military, law enforcement and civilians who have obtained special licenses for weapons made before May 1986. Jonathan van Norman, a campaign manager for Massie, did not immediately reply to a request for comment via Twitter.
Democratic U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, condemned his fellow Kentuckian’s post.
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