A photo of a Nevada politician posing with guns for a family Christmas portrait has gone viral.
Republican state assembly woman Michele Fiore of Nevada posted the controversial photo on Facebook on Dec. 1, the NY Daily News reported. It shows her family lined up, some with babies in their arms and guns on their waists.
At the center of the portrait is a child holding a gun himself. On the top left corner is a description of each gun each family member is holding: “David: Beretta 92FS, Sheena: Glock 30 45 acp, Michele: Serbu Super Shorty 12ga, Lill: Extar EXP556, Savanah: Glock 19 9 mm, Kyle: Glock 30 45asp.”
“It's up to Americans to protect America,” Fiore wrote as the caption for the photo on Facebook. “We're just your ordinary American family.”
(Michele Fiore's family Christmas photo. Photo Credit: Michele Fiore/Facebook)
The responses were mixed in the photo’s comment section.
“Girl, you are absolutely my hero!” one user commented on the photo. “You are the epitome of what this nation is about. Thank you for what you do! Merry Christmas to you and yours!”
While some commenters applauded Fiore’s family portrait, others were not so thrilled.
“What an ignorant person (and family) you are now the joke of Facebook and should be incarcerated for child abuse,” wrote one user.
“Thanks for making Nevada look like a bunch of ignorant, irresponsible, heartless morons,” wrote another. “In the days after a mass shooting which has left America, once again, questioning the ease with which people on no fly lists, people with criminal histories can acquire guns, you decide it's appropriate to post a family holiday picture with a display of weaponry that Rambo would call excessive.”
The photo has been shared more than 6,000 times since it was uploaded.