Santa photo shoot under fire by Arizona churchPosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the tenth day of Christmas your true love could send to you, six smiling girlfriends and their machine guns, brand new.
"Those two just simply don't go together, period," said Reverend Jan Flaaten with Arizona Ecumenical Council.
Flaaten isn't too jolly about the Santa gun photo shoot held at the Scottsdale Gun Club over the weekend.
"The Christmas holiday is about peace and joy. It's about love. It's about giving and sharing," argued Flaaten.
The reverend said the gun-toting tot pictures shoot off the wrong message about the holiday.
"With the guns, it automatically changes the nature of the photo to something that's very different. It almost has a violent kind of feel to it," Flaaten said.
Dozens of people fired off Saint Nick photos at the Gun Club over the weekend.
"We're trying to promote and push out a message, give people an opportunity to express their passion," explained Ron Kennedy, manager of the Scottsdale Gun Club. "We don't see it as a bad thing at all."
Kennedy said the photo shoot was not designed for tots.
"What families decide to do are their own individual family choices," he said. "We will honor their request and wishes."
Flaaten wishes this holiday people would cease fire and shoot down the whole idea.
"It is not, and should not be a part of the Christmas story," he said vehemently.
The Scottsdale Gun Club is holding another round of photo shoots Dec. 10.