Sheriff’s office affected by photo of Santa getting a handgun license

An employee pictured above is helping someone dressed up as Santa get a concealed handgun license in Colorado, a state where gun violence is common (Image: @EPCSheriff)

The Colorado sheriff’s office has faced a public outcry after it shared an image of a man dressed as Santa Claus showed up to apply for a handgun license just days after the deadly Oxford High School shooting.

‘Guess who came to claim the Hidden Handgun License today? ” Colorado’s El Paso County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Friday, along with the Santa Claus emoji.

Image of staff filling out paperwork for Kris Kringle to carry a gun and a link to instructions on their website on how to apply for a handgun license.

Commenters caused a snowball effect, as a growing number of Twitter users responded that the post was insensitive in the wake of the deadliest high school shooting in America this year.

The photo was shared three days later Ethan Crumbley, 15, is charged with killing four students and wounding seven others after opening fire in a school hallway in Michigan.

Crumbley’s father legally purchased a 9mm pistol four days before the shooting. Both his father and mother were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The original post has been commented on or shared more than 5,000 times.

‘I am sitting here in downtown Oxford, MI, waiting for the candlelight vigil to begin in memory of the four students who were murdered by a handgun smuggled into the school. But by all means, tell the kids that Santa carries a hidden weapon, ‘a person answered.

Another person from Australia joins: ‘Sincerely, as an Australian, this shows very clearly the US’s completely insane and unhealthy relationship with guns. ”

Someone appears to have been affected by the Michigan shooting Written: ‘The family of the children massacred in Oxford, MI wants a word. My daughter, the best friend who is fighting for her life from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, wants one too. This is one reason that this keeps happening. ‘

El Paso County’s Colorado Springs was the site of a mass shooting seven months ago, when police said 28-year-old Teodoro Macias walked into a birthday party and started shooting, the Washington Post reported.

Macias killed six people before turning the gun on himself and shooting. Over the past three decades, Colorado has experienced at least eight mass shootings, according to the Post.

The sheriff’s tweet, which advertised a concealed handgun license, was immediately met with outrage. Three hours later, the department issued an apology.

‘EPSO intends to feature our staff in the Concealed Handgun License Office, not insensitive,’ the sheriff’s office tweeted. ‘Santa Claus correlates with December and we think he will help recognize our hard-working employees.’

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Huynh Nguyen

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