If you’re struggling to understand the depth of America’s obsession with guns, this Christmas card might go some way to explaining it.
Republican Michele Fiore, a Nevada assemblywoman, has published a family Christmas card on her Facebook page.
Every adult in it is carrying a gun. So is one of the children.
The picture was posted on December 1, before the latest US mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
It lists the types of guns worn by Fiore’s family members — in case you’d like to get your own I guess.
The caption for the picture says: “It’s up to Americans to protect America. We’re just your ordinary American family. — With love & liberty, Michele.”
The San Bernardino shooting on December 2 is now being treated by US authorities as a terrorist incident, but the attack in which 14 people were killed has also sparked a new conversation about gun control.
It was the 355th mass shooting in America in 2015, a year in which there have been more mass shootings than days so far. President Barack Obama has said gun laws that allow people on the “no fly list” to buy a gun are “insane”, and will push for greater gun control.
Watch President Obama talk about San Bernardino:
The New York Times took the extraordinary step of putting an editorial calling for gun control on the front page of the paper — the first time the respected news source has done so in 90 years.