South Carolina governor got a gun from ‘Santa’
December 26th, 2013
01:36 PM ET
10 months ago

South Carolina governor got a gun from ‘Santa’

(CNN) – Like many Americans, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley chose to share what she got for Christmas via social media.

Santa’s gift for the first-term Republican? A semi-automatic pistol.

“Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good. Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm,” Haley said in an Instagram post that included a photo of the weapon.

Haley has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, and hasn’t been shy about her fondness for guns in the past, including by test-firing a fully automatic machine gun at a state firearms manufacturer over the summer. Her husband is a member of the Army National Guard.

Haley announced over the summer that she is seeking a second term in her conservative, GOP-leaning state.


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Just a few weeks after the Newtown anniversary, this moron thinks it's "cool" to show off her new toy. Good way to amp up support among the RWNJs Nikki.

    December 26, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Wow, cool! I always knew Santa was a gun-toting son of a ... NOT!

    December 26, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Master Dragon

    Cool new toy. Wish I had gotten one.

    December 26, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    That's a fine looking heater right there.

    December 26, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. rs

    A device for killing things from Santa Claus. How nice. Nothing says Christmas love like "I got something I can kill you with".
    Thanks for playing Ms. Haley.

    December 26, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    Why do Conservatives worry about the wrong people getting welfare, but not the wrong people getting guns?

    December 26, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Maybe Nikki can take Cheney and Rick Scott, and go hunting for pythons in south florida. I hear they are a republican delicacy.

    December 26, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Would You Look at That

    Silence DoGood
    "Why do Conservatives worry about the wrong people getting welfare, but not the wrong people getting guns?"
    ---------–
    Why do liberals concern themselves with what God others choose to believe in? Why do liberals concern themselves with the success of others?

    December 26, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Would You Look at That

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    "Just a few weeks after the Newtown anniversary,[...]"
    --------–
    This is irrelevant to the Newtown tragedy...

    December 26, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Would You Look at That
    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    "Just a few weeks after the Newtown anniversary,[...]"
    --––
    This is irrelevant to the Newtown tragedy...
    -----------------------------------------
    All of the gun loving people of this country, you'll feel a lot different about guns when you've been directly affected by them. As far as Nikki getting a gun for Christmas, oh well. But I'm not too sure Christ was a gun toting member of the NRA.

    December 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Would You Look at That

    The PX4-Storm is a great handgun. I love my bi-tone full-size .40 S&W PX4!

    December 26, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    Would You Look at That
    Silence DoGood
    "Why do Conservatives worry about the wrong people getting welfare, but not the wrong people getting guns?"
    ---–
    Why do liberals concern themselves with what God others choose to believe in?
    – Like the founders of America – I don't care what others believe – just keep it out of my government
    Why do liberals concern themselves with the success of others?
    – I like to see ALL people have the chance to be successful – not just those who "got" it already
    (and thanks for pointing out you have no decent answer to my question)

    December 26, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Lolo

    Just pathetic. I am at a loss for words. The fake Christians are at it again.

    December 26, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Irrelevance is merely found in the eye of the beholder. What is relevant to a bagger is certainly not relevant to the majority of Americans.

    December 26, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Lolo, oh tell us about real Christianity in your world. Who are those real Christians?

    December 26, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. jinx9to88

    "Haley has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association", but a "F" from the people who elected her to represent "THEM".

    December 26, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. smith

    Oh boy here we go, the liberals are cryin` because someone got a gun for christmas. Get over it already.You can`t ban guns, so why cry and cry over something you can`t change or effect.smh.

    December 26, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Silence DoGood

    Would You Look at That
    Silence DoGood
    "Why do Conservatives worry about the wrong people getting welfare, but not the wrong people getting guns?"
    -–
    Why do liberals concern themselves with what God others choose to believe in?
    – Like the founders of America – I don't care what others believe – just keep it out of my government
    Why do liberals concern themselves with the success of others?
    – I like to see ALL people have the chance to be successful – not just those who "got" it already
    (and thanks for pointing out you have no decent answer to my question)
    December 26, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Really?

    I didnt know it was the liberals who are trying to pass anti abortion laws because it goes against their religious beliefs?

    I didnt know it was the liberals who are trying to prevent gay marriage because its not defined that way in the bible?

    Are you sure you are talking about the right group of people?

    December 26, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    That's a fine looking heater right there.
    ------------------------–
    That it is. Let's hope "Bob the Burglar" doesn't think the same thing after she leaves the governors' mansion. She just put out a full page advertisement on the world wide web, "Look, I have guns in my house."

    December 26, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Would You Look at That

    Silence DoGood – every American has a chance to be successful. There is a plethora of rags-to-riches stories because of the opportunities that are afforded in this country. Many people just don't have the drive and determination to find the path to success. That's a personal problem, not a political one. To answer your original straw-man question, we do concern ourselves with who has a gun. That's why we embrace the current laws on the books that are there to make sure the "wrong people" don't get guns the legal way. There's no way of preventing a black market or straw purchases. There's no such thing as a "universal background check" as those who receive guns from straw purchasers and/or the black market and/or stealing them will not submit to a background check anyway. You proffer no solutions. You only show that you are an intolerant political hack. As far as concerning ourselves with the wrong people who receive welfare... well, let's see... they are defrauding the rest of their American men and women of hard earned tax dollars paid into the system so the can sit there and do nothing while collecting a paycheck. Sure, people fall on hard times and need assistance, that's what the social safety net is there for. It is not there for people to sit on their couch, eating cheeto's and collecting a government check for multiple years. By doing this, you praise laziness and ineptitude. By doing this, you punish success. By doing this, you create an incentive to not be productive. This is merely a scratch on the surface of "good" answers to your irrelevant questions.

    December 26, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Dennis Freeman

    It should come in handy to help the Tea Party/GOP fight off the War on Christmas – Happy Holidays...

    December 26, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Oh joy! More politicization of Xmas!!! Baby Jesus just loves a black matte finish!!!

    December 26, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Why do Conservatives worry about the wrong people getting welfare, but not the wrong people getting guns?"

    Because the "wrong people" having guns increases sales of guns to the "right people."

    December 26, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. smith

    @Lolo-Your a fake christian because you own a firearm? A teacher recently was killed with a box cutter, does mean that a person who owns a box cutter is a bad christian.

    December 26, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. king

    the gun touting people of America, ahh dont you just love their zeil for life. i guest that's why they dont give a dam about people thrown off healthcare, food stamps, unemployment benefits, nor folks being gunned down by the dozen. you know what i will smile when folks start running back to the dems asking for help, after these backward people put back the corporate outsourcing repubs back in power. i wonder how much passion they will have for the neighbors who are not repubs, or even the gullible that are repubs. i wonder if the repubs will be driving around buses rented by the Koch brothers to spread their stupidity, when china snatches their jobs from our shores. hey it will be a sight to see i know that much.

    December 26, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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