Colorado sheriff’s office tweets photo of Santa Claus receiving concealed handgun permit

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado posted a tweet including a picture of a man dressed as Santa Claus sitting down while an employee fills out paperwork for his apparent concealed handgun permit.

The tweet by the department was intended to advertise those permits as thousands have been filed through the office. 

“Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?” wrote the EPSO in the tweet, which was followed by a Santa Claus emoji. “Did you know the El Paso Country Sheriff’s Office has issued 49,750 Concealed Handgun Permits with another 2,560 awaiting to be issued?”

The office is facing criticism over the tweet with other social media users eluding to the idea that the photo was insensitive due to recent events. 

One Twitter user objected the message for its timing, referencing the recent shooting at a school in Oxford, Michigan, where a 15-year-old high school student shot and killed four classmates and wounded seven others.

“I’m sitting here in downtown Oxford, MI,” the user wrote, “waiting for the candlelight vigil to start to pay tribute to 4 students who were murdered by a handgun smuggled into the school, but by all means, tell kids Santa carries a concealed weapon.” Another person wrote, “I don’t think the idea of Santa needing a handgun is as uplifting as you think it is.”

The state of Colorado has been the site of several mass shootings over the past few years.

In another tweet, the sheriff’s office responded to messages of criticism. “EPSO intended to highlight our staff in the Concealed Handgun Permit Office, not to be insensitive,” the tweet read. “Santa correlates to the month of December and we thought he would help to recognize our hard working staff.”  




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