There have been hundreds of mass shootings in the USA in 2021, 29 of them in schools. Four students were tragically killed in one such incident just last week, yet Republican congressman Thomas Massie decided that this would be an appropriate image to share in the run-up to Christmas.
Facepalm is too lighthearted a word for the shameful display, but these reactions show what people thought of it.
I know England has a knife crime problem but can you imagine Jacob Rees-Mogg posing like this with his fifteen kids all grinning while holding machetes? I mean, I can, but even the staunchest Tory voters would find it extremely weird. https://t.co/IaSQSC4sqt
— Sooz “20 Days Til Xmas” Kempner (@SoozUK) December 5, 2021
Make a note now for next Halloween: Skip this house. https://t.co/jnXhd4M6Ft
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) December 4, 2021
Alexa, show me everything that’s wrong with America in one photo
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) December 4, 2021
There was a time in the 1980’s where you’d see something like this on a punk rock album cover – a happy suburban family armed to the teeth. It was looked at as an over-the-top satirical statement on America. https://t.co/KrMszrWyK6
— Bryan Tucker (@BTuckertime) December 4, 2021
It’s what Jesus would want. https://t.co/mH6lsqecHX
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) December 4, 2021
Brb gonna recreate this with my Arabic Muslim family. https://t.co/wKodXliyii
— Thee Lady Doctor (Taylor’s version) | تقول الطبيبة (@LadyDoctorSays) December 4, 2021
Thomas Massie inspired me to go out and pick up some guns for my family Christmas photo. pic.twitter.com/kQeJMOOWXW
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 5, 2021
I’ve fixed that for you. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/FAvGk1A9BU
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) December 4, 2021
Kamala Harris spent 375 dollars on a pan. That’s bad. But Thomas Massie spent tens of thousands on an arsenal for his children. And that’s good. Did I get that right?
— Imani Gandy Cane (@AngryBlackLady) December 5, 2021
This says it all.
Celebrating gun culture with the kids in the immediate aftermath of this week’s school shootings. This is a real middle finger to the many many many victims of gun nuts and their families. https://t.co/HOn7mCyN0v
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 4, 2021