This Politician’s Christmas Card Is Too Much For Me & I’m a Gun Owner (PHOTO)

Christmas holiday with gun

Are you done with all things holiday? Some people are putting the last-minute touch on presents, while others are just getting started. One lady who definitely seems ready for the season is Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who's raising eyebrows for her gun-friendly family holiday message.

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"It's up to Americans to protect America."

Needless to say, Fiore's "Merry Christmas" family photo that features adults -- including a young boy -- with guns has sparked some major controversy. After all, it's not every day you see a seasons greetings with so many people packing heat.

It's up to Americans to protect America. We're just your ordinary American family.-With love & liberty, Michele

Posted by Michele Fiore on Monday, November 30, 2015

Grandmother, what a big assault rifle you have.

There's a good amount of folks who feel Michele's holiday message is insensitive, especially when you consider the San Bernardino tragedy happened on December 2. By the look of things, Michele posted this picture on Facebook beforehand, but still believes gun ownership is important, now more than ever.

Can we talk?

I'm not trying to be the Grinch who ruins Christmas, but this is ... a little much for me. Obviously, people have the right to take whatever holiday portrait they want. I just don't like when politicians (regular folks too) send polarizing messages -- even if I happen to love the holiday decor in the background (it really is fabulous).

I, too, am a gun owner, and am OK with people bearing arms, so long as it's legal, of course. Living in Oklahoma, I'm around tons of other gun owners -- including some who have no problem carrying their firearm on their hip in public. Seeing this photo doesn't really shock me, nor does the boy with a gun in his hand for that matter. (Many people take their kids to the gun range. I don't, but know some who do.)

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I just wish we could take a pause from counting our bullets to reflect on both the beautiful moments of the year and the tragedy that has occurred. I'm not saying that you can or can't own a gun. I am saying that it would be nice to take a moment and focus on something where one isn't involved.

Sadly, there have been too many mass shootings in the US this year that happened at the hands of both people from the United States and those who came from abroad. There were also unthinkable terrorist attacks in places like Paris, Kenya, Beirut, and other areas around the world that made us stop in both pause and disbelief. This, of course, doesn't include the thousands of lives that are lost in this country each year due to guns, both legally and illegally obtained. For example, as it stands, there are close to 3,000 shooting victims in Chicago ... in just 2015 alone.

For a nation that's supposed to be "united," there are so many things that divide us, that really make it difficult to come to the table -- or the across aisle for that matter. I don't care if you're a liberal, a conservative, a Republican, or Democrat. I just wish there was a day (more would be good) when we could push our political messages to the side, without involving the most wonderful time of year.

 

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