OMG! A Baby! “Holding a Gun”! OMG!

“My hand is on it, the bolt is open, it was safety checked,” Christopher Duffy tells WTNH after a picture of his six-month daughter “holding” a rifle went viral, causing consternation amongst the Unarmed Ignorami. Clearly, the baby’s hands were nowhere near the trigger. Nor were anyone else’s. So what, exactly, was the problem? The picture was taken at a gun store in Connecticut, a state where the anti-gun culture is strong (and three of its cities made the top ten for America’s most dangerous urban areas). After the “controversy” erupted, Woodbridge Firearms removed the image from its Facebook Page. Needless to say, TTAG will be launching a contest soon for readers to send us images of their kids and guns. Watch this space.

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  1. avatar Pascal says:

    In a world where emotions trump logic and everyone is easily offended by the smallest obscure item, I could not see this knee jerk must guilt the parents because I have nothing better to do reaction going any other way — especially in CT

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      When I see this picture; I am completely and utterly proud to be an American.
      The one country; no exception, not even Switzerland is as free as we are.
      The definition through all of history of a free person versus peasant, peon or slave are those free to KABA and those that can’t. By that definition; over 6 billion people live in the darkness of oppression, tyranny, servitude and outright slavery.

      G-d Bless America.

  2. It is just wrong….for the children!!

    😉

    1. avatar Daniel S. says:

      Wait wait wait. Hold on just a second. Where is this extreme “unacceptable” behavior when MDA makes propaganda posters with children holding guns? Hypocritical doesn’t even begin to describe this.

      1. avatar AJ says:

        You git on outta here with you and your fancy facts and book learnin! We don’t cotton to your kind round these parts. /s/

        Everyone has conveniently forgotten those pictures.

    2. avatar Roll says:

      Pfff…to be honest, this baby is probably in the safest hands right now.

    3. avatar Greg Summers says:

      Hi Paul, why in your opinion? It does appear at first glance, that you are a victim of social media propaganda. The fact that so many people fall for the NEWS 8 – abc wtnh.com non-news story is a crying shame. The Dad / photographer seems a reasonable man who loves and cares for his daughter. He is not being irresponsible in any way, for example he is not demeaning her, not giving her beer to drink and not making her do something unsafe for a photo opportunity. I hope later her father teaches her firearms safety, to drive a car correctly and to be a good citizen. If he continues to maintain a strong loving bond with his daughter and his wife; then this young girl will grown into a wonderful young women. Well done that man! Kind regards, Greg

      1. avatar Chris (not one of the other 2 chris's) says:

        Sarcasm is lost on the internet, the smiley face should have given it away. Also, check out his website.

  3. avatar Samuel Leoon Suggs says:

    This is the wrong way to poke the anti-constitutional bear/ show of your guns/ expose the next generation: whatever his motive he’s “do’in it wrong”.

    1. avatar PGT says:

      This. A million times…this.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Absolutely. That rifle has waaaaaaaaaaay too much recoil for a little baby. I’d recommend something in a .22.

      1. avatar K-Bizz says:

        I’m partial to the 10/22 myself. Might need to chop down the stock though.

  4. avatar Peter says:

    We recently toured the Coast Guard facility here in Seattle. In the dark recesses of a building their fast insertion team trains and keeps all of their equipment. Every kid on the tour had a blast taking their turn holding an M4 and getting their picture taken. Others stood at the front of the Safeboat and pretended to take out pirates with the .50 mounted on the bow.

    I need to get these photos up on Facebook in support of this guy.

    🙂

    1. avatar Shire-man says:

      Thats different. Those are state owned weapons used to enforce the states will and those kids are glorifying the awesomness of the state when they play “army”.

      This guy in CT is one of the filthy unwashed plebes and has no business being around any gun.

      1. avatar Mark says:

        “…This guy in CT is one of the filthy unwashed plebes and has no business being around any gun. …”

        Huh? So let me get this straight. You listen/watch a two minute video snip-it and that’s enough to make judgement on someone’s ability to have their rights taken away from them?

        Oh, and I guess we don’t need pointed out that you’ve just showcased “Liberal tactics 101”. If you don’t agree with someone, immediately resort to nasty name calling.

        1. avatar Peter says:

          Pretty sure that was sarcasm…

        2. avatar Wassim Absood says:

          Also, not just a liberal tactic….

        3. avatar Jack says:

          It was clever sarcasm, too.

        4. avatar Mark says:

          Oops…… Sarcasm radar was not functioning correctly.

  5. avatar PeterK says:

    That is hilarious. XD

    I look forward to submitting something, haha.

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Hey. It’s not like its a choking hazard!
    Good grief.

  7. avatar Dev says:

    All the a-holes who are outraged and gnashing their teeth because of this picture would be laughing hysterically and sharing the photo on their own Facebook and Twitter feeds if the baby was holding a beer instead of a rifle.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      Beer, hammer, baseball bat, bow, car keys, chain, bull whip, and more, all of which have “potential” danger if used incorrectly, but none of which would have raised an eyebrow, let alone made the evening news.

      1. avatar Rich Grise says:

        TV Remote. That’s scary on a slightly different level.

        1. avatar Jake says:

          i agree 100% with that!!!!! Great Point!

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      It would be interesting to know how many of the “outraged” were:
      = Out of high school, and
      = Able to form a complete sentence.

  8. avatar Ian says:

    God forbid we start the children learning about firearms and firearms safety at an early age. You can expect submissions from me as well.

  9. avatar DaveL says:

    From the headline, I was expecting something involving one of those 230-month-old “babies” they’re fond of using for “gun violence” studies.

  10. avatar Paladin says:

    Well of course the hoplophobes would freak out seeing something like this. To them guns are like Freddy Kreuger, unstoppable killing machines fueled by the blood of innocents. They fail to realize that this firearm is an inert hunk of metal plastic and glass without any ammunition.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      But…but….but you could really pinch yourself in an exposed double action hammer….

      Really, when I first started shooting I asked my first instructor for the complete idiot’s version in case I had any wrong pre-conceived ideas. His first words:

      “This is wood and steel. You can’t hurt it. It can’t hurt you.”

      1. avatar Paladin says:

        To be sure, it’s not like there’s no conceivable way it could hurt you. But without ammo it’s not particularly more dangerous than any other poorly designed club.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      “…this firearm is an inert hunk of metal plastic and glass without any ammunition.”

      That would make it a “car.”

      1. avatar K-Bizz says:

        Only a car without fuel or a battery. The point is that it doesn’t endanger people with its mere existence.

  11. avatar peirsonb says:

    EAGERLY awaiting the aforementioned contest. Might there be swag involved?

      1. avatar DownrangeFuture says:

        What? I’m in.

      2. avatar Josh in TX says:

        Darn, now I’m interested, does it have to be your kids? I may need to borrow the niece or nephew, otherwise could you maybe postpone this for like 9 months or so? 😉

        1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

          Just go down to the local park and start asking around, tell everyone you want to borrow a few kids for some pictures.

          Don’t forget your long coat, it’s cold out.

        2. avatar peirsonb says:

          And candy. Kids love candy.

      3. avatar peirsonb says:

        Huh. Wow. I was kind of expecting a coy hinting around an actual answer. Guess I should know better by now….

      4. avatar Another Robert says:

        Do grandkids count? 🙂

  12. avatar beanfield says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dEqVy66HW8&t=1m30s

    A baby with an unloaded, bolt action rifle safely sitting on her lap = moral outcry
    Kids hacking each other to pieces with cutting instruments on film = box office hit

    Something doesn’t seem right here.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      Both are projections of the sick mind of the overly emotional anti crowd. And I don’t just include anti-gun in that, just people who live to be anti-something.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    Awww, how cute. What’s the name of that adorable rifle?

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Would it be cruel to name my next child Arfifteen?

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Well, it’s better than “Aykay,” but not by much.

        And BTW, is “Stoner” the name of an inventor or a Colorado job description?

        1. avatar peirsonb says:

          Yes.

        2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

          http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw

          You wanna go to war, Balockie?

        3. avatar calvin says:

          Have a boy and a girl, thinking of renaming them Eugene and Mikayla (real name,can’t come up with “conventional” spelling )

      2. avatar Rich Grise says:

        Not as cruel as Artoodeetoo. 😉

    2. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      It’s waiting for a loving forever home!

  14. avatar Gunr says:

    The mini kid must have spotted something a long way off. You can see his right hand making an adjustment on the elevation turret on the scope.

    1. avatar Maineuh says:

      Indeed.

  15. avatar Larry says:

    “Unarmed Ignorami”? Really? Where do you GET this shit, and is it copyrighted or may I steal it without a care.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      its simply the verbal antithesis of “Armed Intelligentsia”.

  16. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    That would never happen in Illinois.
    Here, the gun shops make you show them your FOID card before they let you handle firearms.
    Not sure why. Maybe they just don’t want to waste time with people who can’t buy?

  17. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    A lot to do about NOTHING! I’d be more worried about my kids sitting on some store Santas lap. Is that old fart sick, what’s going on under that red outfit? Is he a perv?
    The weapon is under control, the child has no clue as to anything so it’s needs right then concerning the weapon are moot, as such, any revulsion towards the image is pure idiocy by those with no functioning brain.
    Any argument is pointless as it would be like having a discussion with Bloombergs Mothers Against Guns group of busy-body no brains hens.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Judging from a couple of comments above, the Demanding Moms aren’t the only ones soiling their panties over this photo.

      What concerns me the most is that Dad drove the kid to the gun store in a car. A CAR! Now that was downright dangerous.

  18. avatar Daniel S. says:

    Hey now you wouldn’t want a cartridge flying into the chamber from somewhere and then the wind closing the bolt somehow with the baby then proceeding to pick up the rifle aim it at someone and pull the trigger. This is completely unacceptable!! /end emotional and illogical sarcasm.

    1. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      No, it’s possible! An alien species may cause a live round to materialize into the chamber by some futuristic matter scrambling device and the infant might run with that weapon to some nursery at some hospital and do some horrific act! Then we could have legislation to prevent babies from handling assault weapons because there was this one time……………………………………pfffft

  19. avatar JeffR says:

    I certainly do not object to seeing pictures of kids with guns. ‘Merica. But could this particular project be counterproductive to our cause? If our target audience is the fencesitters, would them seeing such pictures help or hurt? Just something to consider. I don’t have the answer.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      If the so-called “fence sitters” might wet their underoos over a picture, then they’re not fence sitters. They are idiots.

    2. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

      Honestly, it’s like not having customers who are a royal pain in the ass. Tell them to get lost! The people who have to stuff a Medicated Tucks in their fissure over the picture don’t really matter anyway. Who really cares what they think say or do.
      It’s like pandering to the Anti Gun Mother Hens. Who cares?? Don’t pander to them. Treat them like the morons they are.

  20. avatar Paul Gruber says:

    Just because your “offended” doesn’t make you right. The ignorance of these anti gun people is amazing. Worry about raising your own time out generation whiner. These are the same nit wits that send a kid home from school for biting a pop tart into the shape of a gun.

  21. avatar Tim says:

    Got my contest photo ready!

  22. avatar Josh in TX says:

    Anti-gun says kids are accidentally shooting themselves all the time! +response, ok lets start firearm safety training early and reinforce yearly for all school kids…like D.A.R.E.=hysteria?

  23. avatar Fred says:

    Gun = pure evil. Baby = pure good. When pure good and evil touch the universe is supposed to implode. Baby + gun =//= universal implosion, therefore public outcry because of shattered delusions.

    The simplified formula is gun + anything = pure evil. We just can’t see it because we are associated with guns, therefore we are corrupted beyond saving. Corrupting a baby is simply wrong and abhorrent.

    It’s hard to take them seriously when the shocking punchline is always “but it’s a gun”. It’s hard to repeat “so what” so many times.

    Here’s a gem of a conversation I had before. “A baby or small child should not be in the same house as a gun because guns are dangerous.” “Knives are dangerous too and shouldn’t be in the hands of small children, but which do you think kids get their hands on more often? Should knives be removed from homes with small children”. Cue silence.

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      Maybe it depends on the size of the magazine.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Gun = pure evil. Baby = pure good.

      Having been around both, I think you have things bass ackwards.

      If I don’t feed my guns they just stand around, quietly. None of my guns ever urped white goo onto my shoulder. And none of my guns ended up smelling like Bayonne, New Jersey if I didn’t clean them every two hours.

      1. avatar Scott says:

        Ralph speaks the truth…

      2. avatar Fred says:

        Please don’t bring truth into the discussion, there’s no room for that or logic in the “common sense discussion”.

      3. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        And, you don’t have to pay for guns over and over again…

        Yep, over and over again… for 18 damn years. So, one day, you can watch the gun piss its future away on some pipe dream of opening his own business as a “Christmas tree decorator”, whatever the hell that is, with his life partner, Javier.

        So, then you freakin’ come home from your shitty ass job, where your dick of a boss gives O’Brian’s fat ass the promotion he’s been promising you for 3 years… And so, you come home and the place is cleaned out, and I mean cleaned out, everything, gone. Except some note saying your whore of wife cleaned out the house and the bank account then ran off with her aerobic instructor…

        So now, you’re alone in this big empty house with nothing, and I mean nothing, she took everything.

        She even took the ice cube trays, what kind of a sick bitch takes the ice cube trays?

        So, you go to… Wait, what was I taking about?

        1. avatar jwm says:

          I can’t breathe I’m laughing so hard. You should write country songs.

  24. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    All those people need to get a grip on reality. Loaded that baby could not have shot it.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Given the view of firearms that most of them hold the dad should count himself lucky the gun didn’t shoot itself….

    2. avatar lowhouse5 says:

      I don’t think that baby could have shot it even when sober.

  25. avatar Jared-Tampa says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. Wait, Glock 42 up for grabs? Guess who’s babysitting tomorrow!

  26. avatar anon says:

    A picture of a baby with a safe gun, no problem. Now pose the same age child next to the family dog or cat and there is a much greater chance for harm, but for some reason that does not make for a news story.

  27. avatar Cyrano says:

    Got a few pictures ready for the contest. Heck, dig one out from the civil war where drummer boys posed with muskets. That will get them going.

  28. avatar coralin says:

    lmao! great pic, baby girl is adorable! im sure when she is old enough daddy will teach her all about guns.

  29. avatar Natty Light says:

    Made a purchase there a couple weeks ago, first time using them. The owner was very friendly and down to earth, chatted for quite a while. They just ran a month of donating 10% of every purchase to the CCDL. I highly reccomend them!

  30. avatar Mat says:

    Yeah, one snooty facebook friend will have child services and the police kicking your door in. Remember what happened to that guy Sean Moore in NJ

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Yeah, the cops tried to raid his house but they were stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge.

  31. avatar GSRpositive says:

    My kids are 25 and 26 and are both in the Army. Can I still enter?

    1. avatar Mark says:

      Certainly! Obamacare recognizes that kids up to 26 need mommy and daddy’s medical insurance as they’re not at that stage in life where they have that responsibility of their own. 😉

      1. avatar Mark says:

        Oh, and how dare you let your 26 and under kids go into the Army. I hear they have “guns” in the Army. Can’t be doing that now.

        1. avatar Gunr says:

          Guns in the Army! OMG, are they loaded?

  32. avatar AznMike says:

    I may be 23 but i’m still a kid inside, do i still qualify?

  33. avatar Shawn says:

    So, it is not okay for the anti-2A to use kids to get their message across, but it is okay for the pro-2A to do it. Seriously, WTF? I would never ever use my kids to get a message across. 1st…respect their privacy. 2nd…I do not want images of my kids splattered all over the net for some pedophile to look at. 3rd…I can convey a message without having to use my kids.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      I can convey a message without having to use my kids.

      Uh, you just did that what you said you wouldn’t do…

  34. avatar g says:

    HOW DARE THEY PUT A BLACK RIFLE IN THE HANDS OF THAT CUTE BABY!

    Everyone knows the baby should be allowed choice. You know… OD, FDE, pink, purple, blue… some good ‘ol woodland camo. This poor baby was obviously not allowed a chance to pick.

  35. avatar Patrick says:

    http://youtu.be/s_X2LYBQxNY

    This one with a Title II “firearm” is mine

    1. avatar Morgan Gatorsee says:

      Cute kid and funny video, put a smile on a father’s face!

    2. avatar Gun_Chris says:

      That was friggen adorable!

    3. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

      Ha! That was awesome

  36. avatar MikeB says:

    I have a picture like that of my niece when she was a couple weeks old with the Cricket Rifle I bought her the day she was born. It has a pink laminate stock and came with a pink case. She just turned 5, might be time to take her to the range with it this year.

  37. avatar Morgan Gatorsee says:

    My 10 and 11 year old girls have been bugging me up the wall to let them start their own youtube gun channel and while I applaud them for their desire the ramifications and privacy concerns still keep me on the fence and BS like this does not weaken my concerns. Its a freaking baby with a an unloaded rifle… might as well go up in arms over a kid with a picture of a golf club.

  38. avatar CoolBreeze72 says:

    “Beer, hammer, baseball bat, bow, car keys, chain, bull whip, and more,”…all incipidly “cuuuuute”. But why? Its just dumb. Like faceyspacybook. IMHO.

  39. avatar Grumpy in Kali says:

    Sure, all the uproar over Daddy putting a rifle in his infant’s hands but nothing over the mother putting a foot long dildo in the kid’s hands for the next photo….

  40. avatar Drew says:

    everyone is even missing the most important point about this picture. even if the rifle was loaded, bolt closed, and ready to fire, the #2 rule is still in play. the barrel is pointed somewhere else and not at the baby.

  41. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

    Dang it, I want to enter, but where am I going to get a kid? I hear there’s a 9-month waiting period.

  42. avatar SirDanMur says:

    It’s just utterly offensive to tease that poor child with such a nice rifle before she even has the muscle strength and dexterity to fire it. Just Cruel.

  43. avatar Behind Enemy Lines says:

    I think the biggest problem with that image is the scope he picked….

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