The latest headlines surrounding Michele Fiore, a two-term Nevada state assemblywoman, come as Donald Trump, the man leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination, stirred up yet more controversy by proposing to ban Muslims from entering the US and claimed Britain had a “massive Muslim problem”. His comments have been criticised by boxing legend Muhammad Ali and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, among others.
Michele Fiore’s family Christmas card generated thousands of mixed reactions on social media. It features four generations of her family, from her mother down to her grandchildren.
What is creating controversy is that almost all those pictured, including her small grandson, are holding weapons of varying sizes. A detail in the top-left of the card even lists the model of guns.
When Ms Fiore posted it online, it was accompanied by the comment: “It’s up to Americans to protect America. We’re just your ordinary American family — With love & liberty, Michele.”
That comment was not nearly as controversial as one she recently made on a Las Vegas radio talk show. She was asked why she didn’t sign a letter from the Nevada Assembly Republican Caucus supporting a review of refugee resettlement plans. The letter was issued after the Paris terrorist attacks.
She said on the show: “I’m about to fly to Paris and shoot ’em in the head myself. I am not OK with Syrian refugees, I am not OK with terrorists. You know, I’m OK with putting them down, blacking them out, just put a piece of brass in their ocular cavity and end their miserable life. I’m good with that.”
Afterwards she tried to clarify that she didn’t advocate killing refugees, but still wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a terrorist if she needed to.
Nonetheless her comments have led to the creation of an online petition at Change.org which calls for Fiore to resign. It has so far been signed almost 2,000 times.