Nevada state assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) on Monday defended allowing her 5-year-old grandson to hold a handgun in the family Christmas photo, arguing that the boy had learned “total trigger control” from a National Rifle Association (NRA) cartoon.
Earlier this month, Fiore raised eyebrows when she posted her family’s annual Christmas photo to Facebook showing each member dressed in a red shirt and holding a gun. At the center of the photo, her 5-year-old grandson, Jake, can be seen with a small pistol in his hand.
On Monday, Fiore told Fox News host Steve Doocy that she had received some of the “most vile and insulting comments” over the photo.
“Christmas is a family affair,” the assemblywoman said. “I think getting a firearm as a present and giving firearms as presents is a great present. And I think, again, because Christmas is a family affair, I think our ultimate responsibility is to protect and make sure our family is safe.”
Fiore explained that she allowed Jake to pose with an unloaded Walther P22 because he was “quite familiar with Eddie the Eagle, which is a NRA gun safety program for children.”
“And just last night we were in the laundry room doing laundry and I said, ‘Hey, Jake, what does Eddie the Eagle say? What do you do when you see a gun?’ And he spouted it out, the songs and stuff,” she recalled. “So, he got it.”
Fiore added: “And if you look at that picture real close, you’ll see his finger is not on the trigger. That 5-year-old grandson of mine has total trigger control.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Dec. 7, 2015.
Watch an NRA video with Eddie the Eagle below.
White woman caught on video lecturing Hong Kong protesters: ‘Safety is more important than freedom’
Video captured in Hong Kong shows a white woman lecturing protesters about why "safety is more important than freedom."
The video clip was posted on Twitter by the Passion Times.
In the video, the woman is confronted by demonstrators as she takes down protest posters.
"Why don't the universities get involved instead of protesting?" she asks. "What a waste of time for everybody. You guys should be enjoying your Sunday."
"Violence breeds violence," she lectures. "Find me one case where violence led to a solution."
The woman goes on to tell the protesters, "You guys value freedom more than safety. I think safety is more important than freedom."
Officer won’t face charges after killing black man who didn’t have bicycle light
A Wisconsin police officer will not face charges after he chased and killed a black man who did not have a bicycle light.
According to WITI, Police Sgt. Eric Giese of Mount Pleasant will not be charged in the killing of 18-year-old Ty'Rese West.
Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson said that she determined that Giese actions "fall under the privilege of self-defense."
Dwight Person, West's father, father demanded to see a "thorough investigation done, and also to see Eric Giese locked up."
‘Better wages, more toys’: Watch an adorable 3-year-old girl lead chant at General Motors strike
A 3-year-old girl was caught on video leading a chant of "better wages, more toys" at a the General Motors strike in Ohio.
Video of the girl was posted by Mike Elk of The Payday Report.
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 18, 2019