United States Representative Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, tweeted out this photo of his family all holding weapons and smiling, with the caption:
Merry Christmas! 🎄
p.s. Santa, please bring ammo. 🎁
God, there are so many places to go with this.
For starters, this is a man who aligns with the political party who crows about being pro-life. What about this picture says pro-life to anyone?
Secondly, Massie tweeted this just days after another horrific high school shooting incident in Michigan, which makes the picture even more disgusting due to the timing. It shows an utter lack of compassion for the shooting victims and their families, who must now face Christmas with unbearable grief. This tweet spits on their faces.
Then there’s just the unconscionable act of tying weapons to the season that celebrates the birth of the Prince of Peace. Does Massie honestly believe Jesus would love this tweet? This photo of a U.S. Representative, his wife and kids, armed to the teeth, and asking Santa for ammo?
Does this guy really not see how many kinds of wrong this is?
I sincerely hope you do, at least.
As tempting as it would be to characterize the entire Republican Party, or the state of Kentucky, or white people with this picture, I won’t do that. This is one individual, and one tweet.
But it’s enough. Enough to offend me, to sicken me, to enrage me.
This is just wrong. There can be no other reasonable reaction.