Apparently there weren’t enough guns in the news this week for Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican who gleefully posted a family Christmas photo to Twitter on Saturday afternoon. In it, the congressman and six family members are each carrying a military-style weapon inside the house, where they are gathered in front of a beribboned Christmas tree.
Massie’s wife, Rhonda, also appears to be pointing her weapon toward the left side of a man grinning in the background.
Merry Christmas! 🎄
ps. Santa, please bring ammo. 🎁 pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021
This questionable display of judgment comes four days after a school shooting in southeast Michigan left four students dead and injured seven others ― some severely. The suspected shooter was charged with murder and terrorism this week for both the lives he took and the lives he scarred; his parents were also charged in connection with the incident.
After a brief manhunt, the parents were located early Saturday morning and joined their son in jail.
The incident triggered a wave of school closures across the state of Michigan, as parents and administrators worried about copycat shooters.
But not only does the Massie family’s holiday portrait lack taste ― it also lacks originality.
The concept of a public figure sending out a heavily armed Christmas photograph evidently staged to “trigger the libs” on social media dates back at least to 2015, when Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) sent out a remarkably similar image.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.