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NRA saves Christmas for child denied Nerf gun by ‘mean’ mall Santa

Not since Santa gave young “Ralphie” the boot, literally, and sent him down the twisting slide in the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” has a child been so maligned by Kris Kringle for wanting a toy gun as Michael DeCarlo Jr.

Like Ralphie, Michael, a 4-year-old from Illinois, recently visited his nearby mall and asked Santa for a gun for Christmas. Instead of a Red Ryder BB gun, the youngster wanted a Nerf gun.

“Nope, no guns,” Santa reportedly replied, according to Fox News.

When his mother, Sabella, explained that Michael was asking for a Nerf gun, woke Santa answered, “Nope, not even a Nerf gun.”

“If your dad wants to get it for you that’s fine, but I can’t bring it to you,” Santa continued. When he asked Michael what else he wanted, the kid cried.

The mall Santa was subsequently fired. And like Ralphie’s dad in “A Christmas Story,” the National Rifle Association showed it has a soft spot for boys who relish adventure – and, in the NRA’s case, as well as for parents who don’t wilt at the thought that a toy gun is an acceptable Christmas gift.

The gun-rights’ group tweeted a video of a more amenable Santa delivering Nerf weapons to Michael, which the NRA said had demonstrated its “mission to make Michael’s Christmas the best ever.”

In the video, Santa drives not a reindeer-led sled but a pick-up truck full of gifts, and Michael is shown several wrapped presents under his family’s tree adorned with an NRA tag.

Michael eagerly rips the wrapping paper off one brightly colored weapon after another, even making a “snow angel” amid the discarded paper, and then proceeds to dress up Terminator-style – or maybe more like Walter Sobchak in “The Big Lebowski” – and invites Santa to have a “Nerf war.”

“Mean Santa didn’t want to give me a Nerf gun for Christmas,” Michael says as the video begins. After opening the presents, he wields one of the weapons, and adds, “Mean Santa won’t be happy I have this!”

The “war” ends with Michael victorious.

“The North Pole doesn’t need any commies,” Santa says as he leaves Michael’s home.

The video concludes with an NRA pitch to promote its other mission: securing gun owners’ rights.

“Santa’s job is to make kids believe in the magic of Christmas, not lecture us on politics,” Sabella DeCarlo said in the video.

“I am so grateful for all of the people who reached out and sent Nerf guns to Michael. Americans of all backgrounds came together and rallied for my son. We have received hundreds of Nerf guns and Michael will be distributing those to other little patriots in need.”

Michael’s father, Michael Sr., a police officer, also expressed his gratitude.

“When the NRA reached out to us, we were shocked,” he said. “Fellow patriots, thank you for all that you do to protect our rights and support us police officers. And NRA, thank you for making my family’s Christmas one we will never forget.”

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