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Uvalde Republican Candidate Slammed for Holding Gun in Christmas Post

A Republican wanting to represent a U.S. House district that consists of Uvalde, Texas, is dealing with reaction after sharing a picture of himself presenting with an attack rifle on Christmas.

Brandon Herrera, who is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Tony Gonzalez in next year’s GOP primary, on Monday shared a picture of himself using a holiday-themed sweatshirt while standing in front of a Christmas tree and holding a big attack rifle to X, previously Twitter.

Herrera, the owner of a popular YouTube account and a guns making business, composed “Merry Christmas from my household to yours” while sharing the image, wanting his fans “a safe one with friends and family.”

A memorial to the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School is imagined in Uvalde, Texas, on June 1, 2022. Brandon Herrera, a Republican going to represent a House district that consists of Uvalde, was slammed on Monday for sharing a Christmas-themed picture of himself posturing with an attack rifle. Brandon Bell

The photo rapidly stimulated outrage from those who mentioned that 21 individuals, consisting of 19 kids, were eliminated with an attack rifle in the May 2022 mass shooting at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School.

“Uvalde’s future congressman?” lawyer Sara Spector published in action to Herrera. “See anything distressing here?”

“After the terrible shooting in Uvalde, this simply speaks VOLUMES about the overall neglect and disrespect that Republicans have for the mourning moms and dads,” published user @susan52132641.

After the awful shooting in Uvalde, this simply speaks VOLUMES about the overall neglect and disrespect that Republicans have for the mourning moms and dads

— susan (@susan52132641) December 25, 2023

“Uvalde kids got their heads blown off and this what you publish,” @LizJonesDC published. “God assist you.”

Uvalde kids got their heads blown off and this what you publish. God assist you.

— Liz Jones (@LizJonesDC) December 25, 2023

“Nice image, Congressional Candidate Brandon Herrera,” published @SportsAngle. “As a side note, since recently, we ‘d tape-recorded 340 school shootings this year, a brand-new record for the 3rd year in a row.”

“THIS IS SICK!” @veteran_texas published. “Brandon Herrera is glorifying the massacre of school kids and turning Christmas into a violent fight? ENOUGH!!! Mishijo …”

THIS IS SICK! Brandon Herrera is glorifying the massacre of school kids and turning Christmas into a violent fight? ENOUGH!!! Mishijo …

— Texas Veteran (@veteran_texas) December 25, 2023

“The Republicans are motivating weapon violence once again this year I see …” published @ronnmail.

Newsweek connected for remark to the Herrera project through e-mail on Monday.

Some protected Herrera and dismissed any link in between the Uvalde shooting and the congressional hopeful’s Christmas picture.

“Holding a weapon ≠ motivating weapon violence,” published @SadSeattlite. “If you understood anything about Brandon Herrera you ‘d understand he’s versus violence and much like cool weapons.”

Holding a weapon ≠ motivating weapon violence.

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