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Last year, a member of the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Gun Club came into the club dressed as Santa Claus. Fellow members had their photos taken with the Big Elf while sporting their favorite firearms. It was fun–and it seemed a great way to generate some money for the club. So, on Nov. 26, the club invited the public to have their photos taken with Santa at its 32-lane indoor shooting range, which includes a gun sales and rental shop.

About 500 people showed up to take 150 photos. Members paid $5 while non-members were charged $10. Many used the photos for Christmas cards and Facebook posts. “Our customers have been looking for a fun and safe way to express their holiday spirit and passion for firearms,” said Ron Kennedy, general manager of the Scottsdale Gun Club.

It’s a private club. What members do in a private club is their own business, right?

Ho, ho, no.

At least, not according to anti-gun zealots, who have slathered the Internet with mocking indignation of the club’s guns-and-Santa photos.

“To involve machine guns and Santa in a celebration in the birth of Jesus Christ is the worst kind of heresy I can imagine,” said State Rep. Steve Farley (D-Tucson). “I would suggest that the people who created this read some of the New Testament.”

Really? Santa Claus is part of the “celebration in the birth of Jesus Christ” and in the New Testament? Maybe Farley was quoting from the Gospel according to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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