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Outcry over baby holding rifle in Facebook photo


A Connecticut dad’s Facebook photo of his baby girl is getting all sorts of attention, bad and good.

Photo of baby holding rifle causes controversy (WSBTV)

Photo of baby holding rifle causes controversy (WSBTV)

WTNH-TV reports Christopher Duffy had no idea that taking a picture of his six-month-old girl with a bolt action rifle would get so popular on social media.

“Other people being upset about it?” Duffy asked. “I don’t force their kids to do anything. I don’t force them to do anything. 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.”

Whatever the case, people outside Woodbridge have an opinion. Some don’t think anything of it while others are just disturbed.

“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?” New Haven resident Bryanna Wingate asked.

The photo was taken at Woodbridge Firearms, a gun store. While the owner told WTNH-TV he had no problem with the picture, it has since been taken down from their Facebook fan page per the family’s wishes.

Categories: General, Viral
John-Henry Perera

2 Responses

  1. West Side Willie says:

    I saw a photo of a baby wearing a jumper with the Obama “O” logo on it last week. I was far more afraid of that child, than the one pictured with Daddy’s rifle (which was clearly unloaded, and had the bolt open). Actually, what REALLY scares me is that the hoplophobes truly believe that an inanimate object is some sort of danger to them. Inanimate objects can not act on their own. Deal with the criminals and mentally ill individuals who would do others harm – regardless of the weapon – and we’ll finally be on the right path.

  2. igor says:

    Much ado about nothing.