Gun Lovin’ Morons Support This Baby’s Right To Bear Arms

A picture of a six-month-old baby girl holding a rifle in a gun shop is causing quite a stir on social media, as you can imagine. The photo was taken by her father at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post in Connecticut.

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Her father says it’s just a picture. He explains to WTNH:

The little one actually latched on to it when I picked it up to see how heavy it was – It’s actually very light – to test the weight, so I decided to take the picture… My hand was on it, the bolt was on it – it was safety checked. She’s clearly in her seat, sitting up – one hand on the scope, one hand on the barrel.

Many people have responded with confusion and outrage – wondering how on earth a parent would feel comfortable posing their child like this. That’s expected. What’s also expected, is the immense over-reaction of gun lovers on the shop’s Facebook page who cannot believe why people would be uncomfortable with such an image:

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Yup. Totally makes sense to teach a six-month-old self defense via rifle.

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Be LOGICAL people! A person has to pull the trigger and this six-month-old’s little, tiny baby fingers can’t do that!

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More pics of babies holding guns, damnit! This is AMERICA.

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Stupid idiots keep living in fear while the rest of us who aren’t SHEEP hand our infants rifles.

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Start your daughter EARLY on the safe handling of weapons. Like, like.

I didn’t search to find these. It was just one screenshot after another. This was my favorite though:

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“Behind enemy lines?” Really? And what the hell are “the free states?” Is Connecticut not one of them? Must consult Google.

Nothing happened to the infant, the gun wasn’t loaded – whatever. Obviously I am uncomfortable with this image because I hate guns. But for people who love guns, the “more babies holding guns!!” argument is just as outrageous. Has it really gotten to the point where we can’t acknowledge that an infant holding a rifle is not a good look?

Then there was this:

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No words.

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    • CMJ

      Where are the “free states” Mr. Collier speaks of??

      • jane

        And can everyone who thinks this shit is ok move there?

      • Alexandra

        Well Florida is one of them, so there’s that…

      • Maria Guido

        ACK!

      • Tinyfaeri

        TEXAS

      • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

        ACK!

    • candyvines

      Steve Burchfield’s comment is my fave. We need more photos of babies holding guns. Great idea – Babies N Guns calendar. Who’s with me? Let’s make all the American dollars.

    • Paul White

      FFS. Fingers nowhere near the trigger, and it had been safety checked. Breath deep.

      • CMJ

        I mean, it’s a stupid picture but that’s not what I am worked up about….the reactions, however, are out of this world.

        A six month old cannot be taught gun safety. They can hardly move without shitting themselves.

      • Tinyfaeri

        Don’t judge on that last bit, just wait til we’re old…

      • CMJ

        You’re right. Bad analogy. When I was 22 I was told I had the colon of a 60-year-old man so I should really shut up.

      • Tinyfaeri

        *hug* ;-)

    • Alex Lee

      Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
      Point the gun only at whatever you want to destroy.

      The gun alone should’ve been enough to promote itself for sale. It did not need baby.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        it did not need baby! NOT NEED!

      • CMJ

        oh hai mark.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        merica

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      Wait… There are actually Sandy Hook conspiracy theories?

      • AlbinoWino

        Oh sure. There are a lot of people out there who believe the whole thing was a hoax to try to take our guns away. They honestly believe all of those children are still alive and with their families snickering about the entire ordeal. Seriously.

      • Psych Student

        I would be happier if we had actually managed to take the guns away but, as we all know from republicans (and other whack jobs), we can’t talk about gun safety/control right after a shooting because it’s insensitive. Then, by the time we *can* talk about it it’s not a concern anymore and the crazy people have forgotten about the impact guns had on the situation (which should be impossible) or – worse – another shooting happens and then it’s “too soon” again. *grumble*

    • Megan Zander

      I grew up minutes away from Sandy Hook and I still live in CT. One of my high school friends was killed that day. It is such an insult to her memory and those of the other victims to claim hoax. I can’t, just can’t.

    • AlbinoWino

      Teach them gun safety early? Uh, to a baby? I mean, I don’t think you would take a baby to a fire and say ok, it’s time to learn fire safety. Plus, I just don’t think little kids need to be around guns all of the time. Also that first guy seems to imply having his kid use the gun as self defense for their family. Honestly, who would want their little kid tasked with protecting the family with a firearm? That sounds pretty damn sketchy.

      • Jessifer

        You mean, I can’t give my baby a knife so that I can teach him how to cook?

      • candyvines

        No, no, you should have started much earlier. You give it to them to cut the umbilical cord.

      • Jillian

        Excuse me but a non white person might walk by their house and they might feel threatened. They might need to incite an incident and what better excuse for them shooting at people then to blame it on the baby, of course. Everyone knows baby needs to learn self protection using a gun.

    • Crusty Socks

      Oh relax Maria. I take pics of babies holding mutated anthrax all the time.

      • Crusty Socks

        Also, did you consider that maybe this is a warning from the dad that when this baby grows up to be a teenage girl, don’t mess around with her?

        This is gonna be a trend. #assaultrifledaughterwarning

      • Jillian

        Oh god I hate those pictures and facebook posts sooo much. “derp derp no one gonna touch my daughters cause I got’s myself a big gun over here. Dare you to ask her on a date!”. Nothing says father daughter bond quite like threatening people and treating your daughter like she is a piece of property you own.

      • Psych Student

        Well said!

      • AugustW

        Here is my contribution to the dumb trend.
        Before daughter leaves for date, smother her date’s hands and face and, whatever, in that Glow Germ corn starch stuff they use to teach kids about hand washing. They come home from the date, you check your daughter with a black light.
        Nothing less than a full one surgical scrub gets that crap off, so you should get plenty of handprints.
        Ha!

      • Smishsmash

        It’s depressing just how many people don’t realize that anthrax doesn’t kill people, mad scientists flinging vials of anthrax at people kills people! It’s a tool for crissakes! Like that baby even knows the optimum place to stage the exposure for peak contagion. Lol! I don’t even bother personally with an anthrax case anymore, I just keep a couple vials under the bed and the baby can hardly get under there anyway. Libruls, Amirite?

      • Psych Student

        Amen friend! Most scientists are super responsible about their anthrax and it’s just the occasional crazy who makes everyone else look bad. Besides, the sooner we start teaching our children about how to safely use anthrax (which won’t happen unless they are exposed to it), the sooner they will understand and respect it.

    • Kay_Sue

      Yeah…

    • K.

      …Anyone else selfishly concerned about their own hypothetical safety in the presence of a baby with a gun, rather than the baby’s??

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        Can I be concerned about both?

    • K.

      Also–the statements as to “the gun was UNLOADED!!” from supposed gun-safety enthusiasts sound hollow to me, given one of the basic rules of gun safety.

      As my daddy used to say:

      “Baby, there is no such thing as an unloaded gun. Act appropriately.”

    • Surly Canuck

      I’m not sure how you’re teaching a child the “power and respect” of a gun when you turn it into a photo prop or a child’s toy.

    • Valerie

      ..

    • TngldBlue

      I just rolled my eyes at most of the comments-and actually laughed out loud at the free states one-but that last one about Sandy Hook makes me want to smack Bobette.

    • Kati

      I say, start them on gun safety early. Well before they understand the meaning of the word “no” or “gun.” I’m starting a course called “Womb Safety and Proper Firearm Handling For Your Fetus. My husband hunts. My kids will one day learn how. My children have never touched a gun or been a position to do so. I will not allow my children in houses with unsecured guns. I have no desire for my five year old to learn how to respect guns by touching them. Don’t these people realize that children lack impulse control? Yes, since we have guns in the house I think it’s good that they see my husband handle guns safely when he’s cleaning them or taking them out of the house (I.e. Never loaded in their presence. Lots of conversations about what to do if they see a gun or a person holding a gun). But I refuse to trust my kids around firearms. My point is, I’m a gun owner. I live in a state where there are possibly more guns than people. I find this to be completely asinine. I just look at so many gun owners and wonder why they can’t be more like my family and my husband’s family. Respectful of guns. Always diligent when around guns. Never running around waving a gun crying “Jesus!” “2nd Amendment!” “America!”

      • Tinyfaeri

        When I saw “Womb Safety and Proper Firearm Handling for Your Fetus” I will admit that my first thought was “how the hell are you going to get the gun up there? oh hells no!”

      • Kati

        It would be one of those tiny purse guns. Obviously.

      • Tinyfaeri

        Owowowowowowowowowowowow.

      • Williwaw

        Well, if vaginal knitting works, why not vaginal shooting?

      • Tinyfaeri

        Nope. I just say no to vaginal knitting as well. Seriously, how does that not chafe? It’d be like stuffing yourself full of cotton balls and pulling them out one at a time. SO UNCOMFORTABLE!!!

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        ” I’m starting a course called “Womb Safety and Proper Firearm Handling For Your Fetus”

        I knew you before you became a gazillionaire off of this idea.

      • Kati

        What if someone has already beaten me to it?! What then? There is a firearm instructor in my town that advertises with a picture of a small baby holding a gun in his jumper. True story.

      • Williwaw

        I’m surprised no one has Photoshopped a firearm into an ultrasound image yet.

    • Givemeabreak

      Um so wait…I’m a moron because when my youngest was born I had one of his baby pictures taken (in my home) of him in my fathers cowboy hat, laying on a sheepskin, with my Dad & Grandpa’s colts in their holsters. Awesome.
      Name calling, is ridiculous, and it only makes the person DOING the name calling, look quite pathetic.

      • Givemeabreak

        Where the guns loaded, NO. Was the baby playing with the gun, NO. But my child was named after my Dad and Grandpa & those are the things that were passed directly from them to him.

      • Laura

        I don’t think anyone was talking about your picture. They were talking about the photo that this whole article has been about.

      • Psych Student

        Yeah. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/man-shoots-himself_n_4853983.html This guy’s gun “wasn’t loaded” either.

      • Maria Guido

        i’m not sure why you take every article I write that has the word “gun” in it as a personal attack. It’s a little weird.

      • Givemeabreak

        As a personal attack, no. However I still and will continue to encourange you to think about broadening your views on guns and the people that own/use them.
        I do find it discouraging that someone as intelligent as yourself, because you can write some pretty awesome stuff continues to keep beating this dead horse.

      • AlbinoWino

        So basically the consensus is you want people to change their minds on a subject you refuse to change your mind about one bit and if they don’t change they’re close minded. Perhaps we’re all just stubborn and should call it a day. My brother was murdered by being shot in the face with a gun. Done and done for me on forming an opinion on guns for me.

      • Kelly

        It’s not necessary to agree with someone in order to refrain from calling them names. Grown up people can and should be able to disagree politely and respectfully, even on controversial issues.

      • brebay

        Kind of how conservatives generalize all foo0stamp users because of the actions of less than 1% who commit fraud?

      • Psych Student

        Maybe she keeps “beating this dead horse” because people keep DYING as a result of gun violence.

      • brebay

        You love guns. Broaden your mind enough to get that some people hate guns.

      • Kelly

        I do wonder how you expect people to be respectful of your opinions when you insult all gun owners so often over the actions of a few stupid, irresponsible jackasses.

        It’s a piss poor way to make your point.

      • anonymouse

        Yup, because there are only a “few” irresponsible jackasses and people don’t die from gun violence every day.

      • CMJ

        Well, anyone advocating for gun safety for infants IS a moron….as is the woman declaring Sandy Hook was a hoax.

      • Jillian

        I don’t think to many people here are necessarily freaking out over the picture itself (although it is a little off throwing at first) its the fact that people actually excused having a small baby handle a weapon capable of killing with “kids need to learn gun safety”, Its a baby! a tiny baby who does not have the cognitive ability at this age to understand what a gun is or what it can do. A baby is not capable of learning gun safety that young. If it was a picture of a baby with a gun hanging up in the background most of us could care less. But there are actual people defending their right to place a gun in tiny child’s hands and let them handle it, that is big no no in this world and I think both parties, pro gun and anti gun, can agree that saying a baby needs to learn gun safety is the most idiotic statement ever.

      • brebay

        Yes. Are we done here?

      • Surfaces

        I put it down to me not being from the US, but I find the idea of someone taking a picture of a baby with guns horrific, so I would say yes.

    • Jessifer

      I grew up in a house that had a ton of guns in it because my parents hunted. They were all unloaded and placed in a locked gun rack, inside a locked closet, with the bullets in a locked drawer in the garage. Never in a million years would I have been allowed to touch them or hold them, not even if they were unloaded and the safety on. This isn’t an issue of “loving” guns or having the “right” to bear arms… it’s about using your common sense as a parent, something these people obviously lack!

    • whiteroses

      I’m all about gun safety. However, a person who is under the age of one and cannot yet walk, speak or make their own sandwich probably doesn’t need to be taught gun safety.

      Common sense, people. Let’s use some.

    • DatNanny

      These comments Maria has pulled – ridiculous, and the last one is extremely sad. But that’s how Maria would like to represent every guy owner.

      The picture itself? FFS. It’s absolutely no different than the pictures so many parents have of their babies holding empty beer bottles. It’s a picture of a baby holding an unloaded, safety-checked gun. It’s meant to be amusing because omg, baby with a big gun, what a ridiculous image. Neither the father or the gun shop are saying anything about teaching gun safety to a six month old. They took a silly picture, for laughs.

      • whiteroses

        My uncle was six when he shot himself. My grandfather was five feet away, had just finished cleaning the gun, and thought it was unloaded.

        I hunt. I am also a gun owner. My son will be taught to never touch a gun unless he intends to shoot it. He will also be taught never to point a gun at something he doesn’t want to destroy. The difference between a gun and a beer bottle is that a beer bottle can’t kill someone else.

      • DatNanny

        Wow, let’s try this again, comment disappeared.

        I’m sorry that happened.

        I personally hate guns, I do, partially due to an irrational fear. I grew up in a house with them, though to this day I have never known their location (unloaded and under lock and key), was never exposed to them and knew if I ever came across a gun anywhere I was to not touch it and find an adult. I support the right to them, but I will never allow guns in my house. My partner understands this, and that if he ever wants our children to learn to shoot it will be when they are older and in a safe, structured setting.

        If I was this baby’s mother, I would not want this picture taken. I would not want her in a gun shop. That’s due to my own fear. But I honestly know this child was not in danger. Alcohol could kill a child if a child had access and happened to drink it. A gun could kill if it was loaded, and was shot. This wasn’t loaded. The barrel was away from baby, trigger was away, and dad had a hand on it.

        If the kid was any older, if this were a two year old, I would be outraged. THAT would be akin to teaching a child a gun was a toy. At that age, a child should not ever be taught that touching a gun is ok. But this is a baby, and this baby will not remember it, and she will not know a gun from any other object. That is why it doesn’t bother me. It’s not teaching a child a gun is ok, or that guns can be touched, or that guns are toys. It’s posing a baby with a prop which in this case is not dangerous.

      • brebay

        How do you know it wasn’t loaded? Because the owner said so? The majority of accidental shootings happen when the gun owner believes the gun is unloaded. I hear responsible gun owners say “ALWAYS treat a gun as IF it is loaded.” This picture flat-out breaks that rule. But, like the others, the comments are far more terrifying than the picture itself.

      • whiteroses

        I’m sorry, and I’m not trying to be disrespectful, but bear with me on this.

        Imagine (and yes, I know that anecdotes aren’t data, but that’s not what I’m doing here) that you’re six years old. You’re sitting at the dinner table with your family, and all of a sudden your favorite uncle, who you are sitting next to, has a massive seizure because of the TBI he suffered when he was playing with a gun. You’ve never seen a seizure before in your life. All you know is that your grandfather, who never reacts to anything unless its with complete and utter calm, is freaking out. Your uncle nearly bites his tongue in half. You have nightmares for weeks.

        Guns are not props. If a gun can be fired and kill someone, it is not a prop. I don’t care how old you are, and I don’t care if it’s unloaded and safety checked. Unless it is plastic a gun should never be given to someone without safety training, who is completely cognizant of what a gun can do. And this is not that.

      • missiemeghan

        If gun owners have a problem with how they are portrayed, they shouldn’t act like a picture like this is no big deal. Don’t give me “it’s unloaded”. My grandfather had guns and rifles and I wasn’t allowed near them because he taught us to assume every firearm was loaded whether it was or not and that they were not for children to play with.

      • Kelly

        I don’t act that way and that’s the whole point. You can’t judge an entire group of people based on the stupid actions of a few. It’s like saying all marathon runners have herpes because you once dated a runner and he had some nasty herpes.

        It’s ridiculous.

    • Joy

      Ugh. I have no words, so I’ll let Liz Lemon handle this one. All I can come up with is “thank goodness it wasn’t Texas this time, we have enough idiots making the whole state look dumb already.”
      http://m.imgur.com/gallery/gnRDn

      • Guest

        Maybe this one will work.

    • Tinyfaeri

      Bobette Giorgi needs to be … something not nice.

      And I cry a little inside over people who think babies posing with guns is OK, funny, or cute. I’m all for teaching kids about gun safety, but I can’t support using it as a prop for a picture or a toy.

    • Jillian

      Hell before you know it will be giving fetus’s guns too. When mommy gets knocked up we can send a miniature gun model up her vagina so that little developing baby can learn gun safety from even the youngest of ages. Because you know, there is no age too young to learn gun safety here in America! Right to bare arm, hell yeah America! Eagles soaring and American flags waving in the background! Hells yeah. ;)

    • scooby23

      I just love how people like Bobette Giorgi shout “GET EDUCATED SHEEPLE” but they themselves have very little knowledge and have based their assumptions on the opposite of fact.

      • Justme

        I once defriended a person on Facebook because she posted a video from YouTube and was absolutely CONVINCED that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was trying to initiate her (toddler) son into the Illuminati. No joke. I called her out on the whole “checking the source” idea and she huffed a response about how she was “just trying to protect her baby” and then deleted the entire post. Because apparently, if you post it on the internet, it is obviously true.

      • scooby23

        Well, OBVI. I mean, isn’t it like, a law or somethin’ that you can’t post lies on te interwebz?(I learnt that on Yahoo! Answers.) I mean, didn’t you know that SpongeBob is turning our innocent children gay and Super Mario is trying to brainwash kids into helping ILLEGAL ALIENS?!?!?111?!?11?!

        Also, what “evidence” was that woman pointing to about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse? Why is Mickey and the gang trying to turn our children into devil worshippers?

    • tk88

      I think if you’re arguing about “learning” something you should first learn the difference between the words “surly” and “surely”. People are so stupid it’s insane.

    • Dale Raby

      Well, like most of the crap posted on so-called social media, this is kind of a stupid picture. Not surprisingly it spawned an equally stupid debate. The poster clearly intended to cause a digital firestorm or he would not have posted the picture. He succeeded. Children this young have no concept of what a firearm is and they certainly have no inkling of the politics of the whole thing. So why is this picture worthy of any kind of discussion?