Colorado sheriff's Santa photo stokes outrage on social media, office apologizes

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office posted the photo on its Twitter page. A white-haired bearded man decked out in クリスマス attire can be seen sitting at a desk.

Santa applying for a concealed carry permit.

Santa applying for a concealed carry permit. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)

Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today?” the office tweeted along with aSantaemoji.

The sheriff’s office said it had issued nearly 50,000 concealed handgun permits, with another 2,560 waiting to be issued.

The post caused an immediate backlash, with many pointing out the ill-timing given a school shooting in Oxford, ミシガン, just three days prior.

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容疑者の射手, 15-歳 イーサン・クランビー, allegedly opened fire, killing four fellow students and wounding six others, along with a teacher. He has been charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes in the attack.

イーサンロバートクランビー, 15, 高校の銃撃で一級殺人罪で起訴, ポンティアックのオークランド郡刑務所で撮影された刑務所予約写真のポーズ, ミシガン.

イーサンロバートクランビー, 15, 高校の銃撃で一級殺人罪で起訴, ポンティアックのオークランド郡刑務所で撮影された刑務所予約写真のポーズ, ミシガン. (ロイター)

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald has also filed involuntary manslaughter charges against Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, for their supposed failure to intervene on the day of the shooting despite becoming aware of a drawing a teacher found on their son’s desk that included a bullet and the wordsblood everywhere.

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Amid backlash of itsSanta-concealed carry permit” 写真, the sheriff’s office said in another tweet that the initial post was not meant to be insensitive, merely to highlight its staff in the Concealed Handgun Permit Office.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Post

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Post (Twitter/@EPCSheriff)

Santa correlates to the month of December and we thought he would help to recognize our hard working staff,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

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But the follow-up post failed to extinguish the anger that the initial post had caused. One Twitter user accused the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office of havingcompletely missed the mark.

“[E]specially since the alleged shooter in Michigan was given a handgun as a Christmas present,” the user 書きました. “また, little kids are now wondering why Santa needs to carry a concealed weapon.

I’m sitting here in downtown Oxford, MI, waiting for the candlelight vigil to start to pay tribute to 4 students who were murdered by a handgun smuggled into the school,” 別のユーザーが書いた. “But by all means, tell kids Santa carries a concealed weapon.

Fox News has reached out to the sheriff’s office for additional comment and will update this story accordingly.

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