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US congressman posts family Christmas pictures with guns, days after school shootings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (Note the language in the penultimate paragraph)

A US congressman on Saturday posted a Christmas photo of himself and what appeared to be his family, smiling and posing with a variety of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed. killed in a shooting at a high school in Michigan.

“Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo,” wrote US Representative Thomas Massie in Kentucky on Twitter.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, on Tuesday carried out the deadliest US school shooting this year, the latest in a decades-long series of mass shootings at American schools. His parents were arrested https://www.reuters.com/world/us/arent-suspect-michigan-school-shooter-the yourself-wosystem-taken-into-custody-2021-12-04 on Thursday Seven related to the murder.

Massie, who represents a solid precinct of the Republican Party, posted pictures of himself and six others wielding firearms that resembled an M60 machine gun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gun. .

Some semi-automatic weapons are made to closely resemble fully automatic weapons such as machine guns. Under U.S. law, weapons such as machine guns are restricted to military, law enforcement, and civilians with special permits for firearms manufactured before May 1986.

Jonathan van Norman, campaign manager for Massie, did not immediately respond to a request for comment via Twitter.

US Democratic Representative John Yarmuth, chairman of the US House of Representatives Budget Committee, condemned his Kentuckian counterpart’s post.

Yarmuth wrote on Twitter: “I am old enough to remember Republicans screaming that it is pointless to try to protect people from gun violence after a tragedy.

“I promise not everyone in Kentucky is an emotionless asshole,” he added.

The Oxford, Michigan shooting – in which four teenagers were killed and a teacher and six other students injured – is the latest in a string of sometimes more deadly incidents that has sparked debate. harsh on school safety, gun control and gun rights.

(Reported by Idrees Ali; edited by Jonathan Oatis)

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