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Photo courtesy Michele Fiore via Facebook.

Photo courtesy Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore via Facebook, posted with caption: “It’s up to Americans to protect America. We’re just your ordinary American family.-With love & liberty, Michele “

By Emanuella Grinberg

CNN

(CNN) — It’s no secret that Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is an ardent supporter of the right to bear arms.

A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute and a member of Second Amendment Sisters (according to her bio), the Republican state representative has made responsible gun ownership and Second Amendment rights one of her defining issues, and the theme of her 2016 calendar.

It’s also the subject of a family photo that’s drawing cheers and jeers for making firearms a family affair.

At first glance, it’s like any other holiday card: multiple generations of a family in matching red shirts and jeans standing in front of a tree. Because it’s Fiore, her version features her adult daughters, their husbands and one of her grandchildren holding what appear to be firearms.

“It’s up to Americans to protect America. We’re just your ordinary American family,” Fiore said in a Facebook picture posted December 1 signed, “With love & liberty, Michele.”

As of Saturday afternoon, the picture has been shared more than 3,100 times from her Facebook page and earned more than 2,000 likes.

Comments on the photo showed mixed reactions. Some applauded her for taking a stand; others criticized her for putting an apparent gun in a child’s hands.

Fiore did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

7 comments

  • Anotherbob

    Does anybody wanna take bets as to how long it will take until there is an accidental gun injury or death in this family?

    • ANOTHER-ANOTHERBOB

      My father gave me my first .22 cal bolt action Remington rifle for my 8th birthday Bob. Along with the rifle came training and supervision. You’re a lot safer around me and my firearms than you are around that drunk driver on the freeway in the lane next to you.

  • From the Basin

    Really? People are upset that her family believes in teaching children how to safely handle firearms under parental supervision is a supposed to be a bad idea?

    I think it is a heck of a lot brighter than the attitude I see when over at our house in the SF Bay Area. Parents in CA demonize firearm, teach their children that they are evil objects, and every adolescent raised this way can hardly wait to have a firearm and be “bad.”

    I grew up in a family that taught firearms responsibility. No accidental deaths, no criminal incidents, just a lot of very laid back people who enjoy the shooting sports and support the US Olympic shooting team.

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