They are looking straight at the camera, smiling wide. The parents are sitting on a black leather couch, in front of a festive Christmas tree that is flanked by younger members of the family. It would be a standard holiday family portrait if not for one unexpected detail: Everyone in the image is holding a long gun.
The photo was posted on Twitter by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on Saturday, along with the caption: "Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo."
A wave of outrage followed.
Both Democratic and Republican elected officials, Michigan residents still reeling from the school shooting last week that left four dead, and parents of gun violence victims all took to Twitter to criticize Massie's Christmas photo. Meanwhile, some conservative politicians, pundits and media personalities jumped to his defense.
Massie did not respond to several requests for comment on Sunday.
The furor over the photo comes days after authorities accused 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley of using a semiautomatic handgun purchased by his father to shoot students at Oxford High School.