From WSB-TV Atlanta:
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. —
Families will be able to snap a photo with Santa Claus and a firearm of their choice at a Sandy Springs gun range Saturday.
Gun range co-owner Robyn Workman Marzullo said they have already gotten positive feedback from customers about the upcoming event.
“It’s not trying to send a message,” said Marzullo. “It’s just about having a good time, getting into the holiday spirit and giving back to the community.”
Families are encouraged to bring canned food to the event. All donations will benefit the Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center.
I like guns, I like Santa, and I like helping worthy causes. That said, I don’t know if I’d let my kids pose with Santa holding an AK-47, AR-15 or FN-SCAR-17 in that photo. Besides the fact that my oldest child is only 6 and is not allowed to put her hands on a gun, the idea seems to be one that leads to those family photos that people end up laughing at later on in my view. I refuse to let my family become an internet meme.
This place isn’t the first to do such an event either. Doing a search on Google to find the news article, several different articles came up of a shop in Arizona doing the same thing back in 2011. The funniest thing I found is that searching for Tactical Santa returned this image amongst others:
Now, that’s not the guy that was pictured coming down the chimney when I was growing up. If this Santa were coming down the chimney in the middle of the night, I wouldn’t suspect him of dropping off presents more than I’d expect him to be taking presents with him. Then again, I grew up in the “hood”, and armed intruders in the middle of the night were not considered “friendlies”.
If guns are your thing, you’ll like this event. I hope that Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range get a good turnout to help the food drive. I’ve already taken the little ones to see Santa. The Santa we visit doesn’t pack heat, unless he has some hot chocolate.