The saga of responsible gun ownership in the United States is a long and tireless one of (usually White) American men yelling into the Internet and video cameras, demanding that we take them seriously and trust them with lethal weapons. Despite the repeated instances that would seem prove otherwise.
The latest story in this never-ending epic comes out of Connecticut, where a father and “responsible gun owner” thought that it would be an excellent idea to post a picture of his infant daughter holding a firearm on Facebook. Because nothing convinces people that you’re a responsible gun owner faster than handing a firearm over to your infant daughter.
Mr. Christopher Duffy, the father, went on to actually defend the picture, all criticism sailing over his head with 30,o00 feet or more of clearance:
“The little one actually latched onto it when I first picked it up to see how heavy it was. It’s actually very light, to test the weight, so I just decided to take the picture.”
He continued to say, “’My hand was on it, the bolt was open, it was safety checked. I’m not sure how wide the picture is. She’s clearly in her seat just sitting up, one hand on the scope, one hand on the barrel.”
Residents in the area were upset. Bryanna Wingate said, After everything that happened in Connecticut with Sandy Hook and everything that’s going on with the gun laws, why would you have your baby holding a gun…a big gun?”
That went over Duffy’s head. He said, “Other people being upset about it? I don’t force their kids to do anything. I don’t force them to do anything.”
Speaking of Sandy Hook, the gun-shop in question is located about 20 miles from it. And Mr. Duffy isn’t the only one defending the picture of his six-month-old with the bolt-action rifle; the owner of Woodbridge Firearms doesn’t appear to have an issue with it, either, saying that: ““If someone wants to share something with the rest of the community, I have no problem posting it on [the Facebook page].”
Truly, paragons of responsible gun ownership.