Santa Doesn’t Play Around in the Park Cities, Apparently

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santaOoof — the things we get messaged or emailed to us. Like this picture of an inflatable Santa, for instance.

If the measure of a good day, as Ice Cube explains, is not having to use your AK, then this Kris Kringle in University Park is having a pretty bad Christmas Eve Eve Eve.

This photo has been making the rounds with neighbors of the house, and not all are fans of this um, leaded version of a Santa inflatable.

So sound off in the comments. Is this all in good, seasonal fun — or is this just a little too sinister for a jolly guy? 

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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  1. Amanda says

    The weapon santa is holding is the weapon of choice for mass shooters and was used in shootings like Sutherland Springs, Vegas, Aurora, Pulse and Sandy Hook just to name a few. It’s totally insensitive and inappropriate in our current climate to have a display like this. We have 93 gun deaths each day, so almost everyone is just a degree of separation from gun violence and this is a painful sight to many. Who really wants to explain this to their children? People need to understand that guns are weapons, not toys. This just has zero to do with Christmas and is upsetting to so many people.

  2. Luna says

    Don’t give these shmucks any press! They apparently have such a desperate fragile ego they are begging for attention. Not to mention this is especially the time to be praising the birth of our Savior!
    Let’s see some amazing manager scenes.

  3. Patricia says

    The lock and load Santa is about as crass, tasteless and insensitive as you can get. Yes, during this joyous season let us all recall the many mass shootings and loss of life we’ve suffered this year. Ho,ho,ho!

  4. Dre says

    This is a disgusting display of callous disregard for human lives. There is no reason to put that on display, except to be incindiary. I hope these people get the backlash they deserve, and I can’t help but hope that “Scary Santa” springs a leak. Thumbs down, UP.

  5. Bob Stoller says

    The constitutional right of freedom of speech prevents the government from silencing people such as these rude, moronic, tasteless homeowners, but it does not prevent the rest of us from telling these homeowners what we think of their display. Let them know how awful they are. Why not publish the address so we can identify the owners?

  6. John Browning says

    This is awesome, anyone know where I can get one? And it’s a modern sporting rifle that Santa is holding not an “AK”.

  7. LonestarBabs says

    Someone will shoot it, no doubt, and deflate the entire controversy.

    Perhaps Ralphie with his BB gun will do the deed…

  8. Lindsey Tootle says

    The NRA has a choke hold on Santa, too, I see! with the slaughter of so many innocent children, women and men (Las Vegas the most recent) this feels like a “so what” to all of those people. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth”.

  9. MJ says

    How can anyone think mixing guns with Santa is a good idea? This is awful, sends all the wrong messages, and makes everyone in this city look bad. It’d be great if Dallas wasn’t on the radar because of idiotic and ridiculous displays like this one.

    Come on, if you can afford to live near Preston and Northwest Hwy, pay someone to supplement your poor judgment.

  10. Lucinda says

    The best Christmas display is on Southwestern it’s about the only thing that could make you forget about Gun toting Santa! Maybe the grinch will pop a whole in this display.

  11. Marlee says

    Exactly, what does this have to do with Christmas? Santa has always been a magical soul for children. This is representation is no magical soul.

  12. Karen Eubank says

    I wonder if they have children or grandchildren and if so how they explain this. I also wonder about any company that would manufacture such a thing. I hope the homeowner will chime in and let us know their intent.

  13. Karen Needs Sleep says

    Perhaps the dogs being walked down that street will leave a personal “lump of coal” in the yard to express how some of the neighbors feel about it.

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