NRA Surprises Boy after Mall Santa Refused to Bring Him Nerf Gun

The National Rifle Association (NRA) said it wanted to make Michael DeCarlo's Christmas "the best ever" after a video showing the boy crying after a mall Santa said he wouldn't bring him a Nerf gun went viral.

The video was posted by the boy's mother, Sabella DeCarlo, on Facebook after a visit to the Harlem Irving Plaza Mall in Norridge, Illinois on December 6.

It shows Michael bursting into tears after a Santa at the mall told him he wouldn't bring the youngster the toy gun he wanted.

"No guns," the Santa told the boy. "No, 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. What else would you like?"

Mall Santa didn’t want to give Michael a Nerf gun for Christmas and made him cry.

The @NRA made it our mission to fix this and make Michael’s Christmas the best EVER. pic.twitter.com/wpGAzcpqAs

— NRA (@NRA) December 14, 2020

The video was circulated widely on social media, with many pro-gun activists criticizing the mall Santa. "Get outta here with this wannabe "Christmas Story" Santa. What a doucher," former NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch tweeted.

On Monday, the NRA posted a video on Twitter showing a Santa arriving at Michael's house with gifts of Nerf guns.

"Mall Santa didn't want to give Michael a Nerf gun for Christmas and made him cry," the NRA tweeted alongside the clip. "The @NRA made it our mission to fix this and make Michael's Christmas the best EVER."

"Mean Santa didn't want to give me a Nerf gun for Christmas," the boy says to the camera before unwrapping his gifts. "Let's have a Nerf war, Santa!" he says after unwrapping several toy guns.

He is also seen unwrapping an NRA-branded vest and putting it on, adding: "Mean Santa wont be happy I have this."

The boy is then seen play-fighting with Santa, who pretends to die at one point in the clip. "The North Pole doesn't need any Commies," he later says as he leaves the home.

Liberal Santa sends Young Boy Away in Tears After Refusing to Gift Him a Nerf Gun for Christmas @Hasbro pic.twitter.com/9QbKtxcJGK

— Matthew 🎄🎅🏻 🔫 (@WhiteHovse) December 7, 2020

Michael's parents also appear in the clip.

"Santa's job is to make kids believe in the magic of Christmas, not lectures us on politics," his mother says. She added that her son had been inundated with Nerf guns sent by strangers, which the family would be donating.

His father, Michael DeCarlo III, added: "I'm a police officer, NRA instructor and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and I gotta tell you, when the NRA reached out to us, we were shocked."

He also thanked the NRA "for making my family's Christmas one we will never forget."

The Harlem Irving Plaza Mall apologized for the incident last week.

In the post on Facebook, the mall said the Santa seen in the video was "crushed that he has made this child so sad" and had quit.

The HIP and our third-party Santa company are distraught and deeply apologetic about the unfortunate incident which occurred at Santa set on December 6,...

The mall also posted a video on their social media pages showing a different Santa delivering a Nerf gun to Michael.

"The HIP and our third-party Santa company are distraught and deeply apologetic about the unfortunate incident which occurred at Santa set on December 6, as both parties strive for families and their children to have a happy holiday experience," the post said.

"Santa is heartbroken and crushed that he has made this child so sad and upset, and turned in his resignation. The Santa company will continue to remind all Santa's how important it is to not impose personal opinions during visits with the children."

According to The Hill, DeCarlo updated her original Facebook post after the mall's apology to say the family were thankful the mall "responded quickly and with kindness and understanding."

She has been contacted for additional comment.

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Stock photo. The National Rifle Association surprised a boy with gifts of Nerf guns after a viral video showed him crying after a mall Santa refused to bring him one. Getty