Nothing says Merry Christmas like a fully armed family.
Republican Michele Fiore, currently a member of the Las Vegas City Council and former member of the Nevada Assembly representing Clark County, posted a Christmas card to her Facebook profile showing her entire family, children and all, with firearms.
The post was accompanied by the following message: “It’s up to Americans to protect America. We’re just your ordinary American family. With love & liberty, Michele.”
And this isn’t the first time Fiore has found herself in the midst of controversy. In February of 2014 she had this to say to The New York Times:
If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.
She also drew criticism in early 2015 at her suggestion that cancer is a fungus that merely needs to be washed out:
If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium carbonate ([sic] through that line and flushing out the fungus. These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.
And, in November 2015, the state of Nevada revoked her home health care license:
Inspectors with the state Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance said they visited Fiore’s Las Vegas-based business, Always There 4 You, on Tuesday and found another business moving in. They also said her office was inexplicably closed during a September visit and she didn’t respond to a certified letter last month inquiring about its status.
Fiore issued a statement late Tuesday saying she decided to close the business because government red tape was making operations too difficult.
In 2015, Fiore told Americans to arm themselves in the wake of the San Bernardino massacre that left 14 victims plus 2 alleged terrorists dead.
“My strong message to you is its time Americans begin protecting America. Get armed, get trained get your head out if the sand and be prepared,” and taking the time to put in a plug for her favorite gun range: “I endorse Front Sight Firearms Training Institue [sp] in Pahrump, Nevada. I’ve been training there since 2009 and I implore you to take a class.”
In April 2016, Fiore was interviewed for the KLAS 8. While discussing whether the 2014 armed resistance against federal agents led by Cliven Bundy was justified, she stated the following:
I would never, ever point my firearm at anyone, including an officer of the law, unless they pointed their firearm at me. Now, once you point your firearm at me, I’m sorry, then it becomes self-defense. So, whether you’re a stranger, a bad guy, or an officer, and you–you point your gun at me and you’re gonna shoot me and I have to decide whether it’s my life or your life, well I choose my life.
In May 2016, the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers sent a letter denouncing her statement, concluding that she was no longer fit for public office:
Ms. Fiore, we no longer see you as a passionate advocate for your Second Amendment rights, which we support. Rather, these comments were utterly irresponsible, an embarrassment to your District and our State, and they continue to demonstrate why you are unqualified to hold the position of United States Congresswoman.
In response, Fiore told KTNV 13 Action News that her original statement referred to federal Bureau of Land Management agents, not local police. She described BLM law enforcement agents as “wannabe cops” and the BLM as “a bureaucratic agency of terrorism that terrorized Americans, especially ranchers.” When pressed regarding the meaning of her previous statement, she said,
“If a rogue, unofficial BLM agent that’s literally wanting to be a cop–a wannabe police officer–points a gun at me, there’s gonna be a problem.”
[Fiore] drew national media attention earlier this year  for her role in brokering the standoff between federal agents and self-styled militia members occupying a wildlife refuge in remote northeastern Oregon. Fiore said at the time that one of the occupiers who was killed in a shootout with federal law enforcement, LaVoy Finicum, was “murdered with his hands up,” even though authorities said that Finicum was shot when he reached inside his jacket toward his weapon.
Fiore also made headlines for her startling comments on gun rights. In December , she offered to fly to Europe to shoot Syrian refugees in the head.
And if you haven’t had enough yet, you can check out “Michele Fiore’s 2016 Walk The Talk Second Amendment Calendar.”