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Gun Club Offers Photos With Santa And Firearms – VIDEO

Gun Club Offers Photos With Santa And Firearms – VIDEO

A gun club in Scottsdale, Arizona is hosting an event for parents and their children to pose for pictures with Santa Claus while holding machine guns they would not be allowed to legally own. Even toddlers are permitted to hold high-powered firearms, including grenade launchers, assault rifles and AK-47s.

Toting the gun, and perhaps belts of ammunition around their necks, they smile alongside a rather bewildered-looking Santa. You can see some of these “festive” holiday cards by clicking here.

Get Your Holiday Picture With Santa & His Machine Guns!

The Scottsdale Gun Club advertises the event as “a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be photographed next to Santa while against a backdrop of a stunning $80,000 Garwood mini-gun and SGC’s coolest belt fed machine guns including the M60, M249 and M240.” The photos are $5 for club members and $10 for non-members.

A caption on the club’s website reads: “Santa’s Back With His Bag Of goodies. Get Your Holiday Picture With Santa & His Machine Guns!”

From The Daily Mail:

“There’s a huge community that’s interested in firearms as a sport and a hobby,” (club member) Jennifer Dove said. “There’s no reason they can’t express their holiday spirit and their passion for that hobby.”

The club’s general manager Ron Kennedy added: “Our members and guests enjoyed the concept and we are delighted to bring it back again this Holiday season.”

State Representative Steve Farley Objects

However, an Arizona state representative thinks it’s wrong for a Scottsdale gun club to be giving folks, including children, a chance to have their photos taken with Santa Claus while “holding pistols and military-style rifles,” The Associated Press says.

Representative Steve Farley says “to involve machine guns and Santa in a celebration in the birth of Jesus Christ is the worst kind of heresy I can imagine.”

Seeing photos of kids and toddlers being introduced to machine guns, weapons that exist for the sole purpose of killing people, is troubling. Add to this the fact that the Scottsdale gun club sees this as an appropriate activity for Christmas, and it becomes horrific.

Guns are easy to obtain in the U.S., as Arizona witnessed earlier this year with the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords and the deaths of six others. So it’s no wonder the number of shootings in the U.S. is so high. In one year, 31, 593 people die from gun violence, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). This compares to, for example, 200 in Canada and 60 in Spain.

Do you think it’s OK for a gun club to be offering photos with Santa that include weapons? Check out the video below:

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11:31AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:25PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

First, Thank God, my sons are now in their 20's and well out of their Santa years. Second, I don't think I like the image of a gun toting Santa, not with all this gun violence we have. I like the idea of a more peaceful Santa.

8:54PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

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8:21PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

Wait! I am a gun-toting mother with very definite liberal leanings. I carry a firearm most of the time. I like to shoot, and I'm good at it. I bought my daughter a handgun for her 21st birthday.

Education is, as always, key. People should know about guns because guns exist. Anyone can take a few materials from any junk yard and create something that will fire and direct a missile. (It won't be accurate, and the shooter would probably get hurt.) It's just a fact, a lot of folks have guns, legal or not, and not knowing anything about them puts one in more danger. Guns don't kill people, people do; and more people die from cigarettes, from prescription medications, and from drunk drivers and other auto accidents, than from gunshots, year after year.

2:39PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

The only "gun nuts" to worry about are the ones in the military and law enforcement that take us all to the FEMA camps.

1:20PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

so what? This is a nation that supposedly has freedom of speech/association as rights. If you don't like it, ignore it.

How can progs whine with a straight face about religious/non leftist/non statists who publicly decry things THEY don't like? Its always "how dare they?" or "what gives them the right to complain about a or b?"

Grow up. Actually you should be celebrating such a diversity of opinions is still allowed. As for the Brit trying to stand on some moral highground about guns, look at your own gun crime stats and far worse, look at your rates of violent crime period (remember your recent London riots?). At least in most of the US, self defense is not a crime.

8:27AM PST on Dec 5, 2011

Only a society that has such high firearm ownership could possibly regard this as in any way normal.

It wouldn't be acceptable here in the UK. But then many Americans really, really like having a gun, don't they?

How screwed up is that?

8:11AM PST on Dec 5, 2011

To me this is a travesty and another intrusion in the private lives of people by the NRA. They don't care who gets hurt as long as everyone has a gun. Whoseever idea this was should be tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail.

2:27PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Jake C- Not trying to be argumentative, but what does this have to do w/schools? Scottsdale Gun Club is where this is taking place & I haven't seen anything about a school being involved. My apologies if I'm mistaken...

Either way- BIG DEAL! They did this last yr too. It's advertisement. I guess no one here's ever held their kid up to a painted piece of wood depicting Billy The Kid, Wyatt Earp or one of many other violent types, w/a hole for their face to peak through, & snapped a picture??? I mean, what's the dif? Some of these guns, the public will never be allowed to own- hell, most could NEVER afford them- an $80k gun!?!?!?! And I have to ask, again, why we've seen no Care 2 articles on Project Gunwalker? Was agent Brian Terry's life (or the many other innocent MX & US citizens) not worth posting about? But this is...? The ATF scandal was an attempt to make legal gun owners look bad. It's not legal gun owners who sell death in BULK to terrorist countries... Having a little pistol &/or taking your pic w/Santa holding something you'll never own seems pretty innocent by comparison. Can't we put this kind of energy into finding honest people to elect to positions of govt? Not democrat- not republican- just people! Or how about putting energy into starting some jobs OR maybe doing something nice for unwanted, abused animals &/or starving children, or renewable, affordable energy, etc, instead of trying to hurt a small businesses advertising...?

1:31PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Laurie P. you are so right...why is there so much fear in the world? And why are men so afraid? Seeing a picture of a child with a gun reminds me of the child soldiers in Africa. Who are people in Arizona at war with? Where is, who is the enemy? In people's heads? Is this a case of paranoia gone rampant, because of a bad economy? Is it a case of thinking the end of the world is near?

You make such a good point Laurie, about where does it stop? The problem with guns or any weapons, is that it never ends, as with nations: better and more lethal weapons must be endlessly created and owned by the fearful and the paranoid. So why stop at guns, why don't people in Arizona lobby to own missiles, hand grenades, and other self-protective devices?

Anyway, nothing spells peace and joy like a picture of a child holding an AK-47 with Santa Claus. Why not take a picture of a child holding a gun to Santa's head, would this be okay too?

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