A pair of social media posts over the weekend from public officials involving guns and season’s greetings drew some outsized backlash from haters. 

Santa CCW flak

Colorado's El Paso County Sheriff's Office, located in Colorado Springs, posted a seemingly innocuous photo to Twitter on Friday with a very St. Nick-looking gentleman shown applying for a concealed carry permit. 

"Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today? 🎅," said the Department. "Did you know the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has issued 49,750 Concealed Handgun Permits with another 2,560 awaiting to be issued?"

Santa CCW tweet from EPSO
EPSO via Twitter

The tweet picked up an easy 2K likes and even more quote tweets. It also got some grumbles from blue checkmark Dems and members of gun control groups. Enough, apparently, for the agency to have to follow up with, "EPSO intended to highlight our staff in the Concealed Handgun Permit Office, not to be insensitive. Santa correlates to the month of December and we thought he would help to recognize our hard-working staff," because people just can't take a joke.  

Apparently, folks need to watch Fatman.

Kentucky Christmas

Congressman Thomas Massie, an MIT-educated engineer and a former judge executive in Kentucky, was elected to Congress from the state in 2012. Since then, he has been outspoken on gun issues, relaunching the dormant Second Amendment Caucus in that body. In 2013, he was the only congressman to vote against the Undetectable Firearms Act. In 2017, he filed a bill to repeal the controversial federal Gun Free School Zones Act. He has also filed legislation to drop the legal age to purchase handguns to 18 and rollback all of Washington D.C.'s gun control laws.

Making even more friends with anti-gun types and the mainstream media, Massie on Saturday tweeted an impressive family photo in front of the tree with everyone holding an assortment of fashionably black rifles and belt-fed machine guns, with the congressman himself sporting an M60. 

massie christmas
Congressman Massie, via Twitter

"Merry Christmas! 🎄 ps. Santa, please bring ammo," said the tweet, picking up 80K likes. 

With the predictable reaction: 

Anti-gun tweets about Massie Christmas message

Among the best responses was to one tweeter who commented, "The bar was on the floor, but somehow you managed to tunnel underneath it," sparking a response from Massie of, "The BAR is under the couch." 

Massie reaction
Classic Massie. 

And with that, we're out.

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