What’s Wrong With This Picture? NRA by Dan Zimmerman | May 22, 2020 | 99 comments facebook twitter linkedin email Courtesy NRA And why didn’t the safety mavens at the National Rifle Association catch it? comments Bill says: May 22, 2020 at 12:41 No ear plugs but the simple picture without context doesn’t even make it clear if the gun is going to be fired. Reply Bill says: May 22, 2020 at 12:42 and I nearly forgot to mention that the kid isn’t wearing safety glasses assuming the guns going to be fired. Reply Josh B Gosh says: May 22, 2020 at 15:11 Also the picture doesn’t show Who’s ass the muzzle is shoved into. Know Your Target!!! And Pedophiles don’t make good Huntin’ teachers niether. Reply Nickel Plated says: May 22, 2020 at 20:12 I would think it’s more of a dad making sure his kid doesn’t end up on his ass after touching off that shotgun. The hearing damage would be bad enough. Funny how your mind went straight to that though. Hmmm Mack The Knife says: May 24, 2020 at 10:57 Looks like training to me. Neither dad or son is in position to take the shot. Pretty obvious, but, there are those that find mindless fault with everything that is not their own. I guess that is why we have to go out of our way for clarity for the lower 10%. Reply Mack The Knife says: May 24, 2020 at 11:14 I always start my classroom instruction making sure each student has their eyes and ears on and then yell to make sure everyone can hear. Then after I reach the correct decibel level I have each student yell back at me so they can also reach their correct decibel level. I’ve only had a few accidents. Some blood, but, no deaths as yet. Reply GS650G says: May 22, 2020 at 12:42 no eye or ear protection for starters. And that’s no way to hold a 12 gauge for the recoil that comes next Reply LarryinTX says: May 22, 2020 at 12:51 Makes me think the gun is not going to be fired, thereby negating the complaint about plugs and eye protection. If the boy fired it like that, he would be unlikely to ever wish to fire it again. Reply GS650G says: May 22, 2020 at 12:53 Except we treat all guns as loaded around here. Reply pwrserge says: May 22, 2020 at 12:54 Yeah… I know I put on my full eye and ear pro when I go do routine maintenance in my armory… Especially the ear pro. Never know when that brush is going to jump up and jab you in the ear. Markd says: May 22, 2020 at 13:03 So let me get this straight if you go to a gun store or FFL dealer you have earplugs %/or earmuffs and SAFETY GLASSES on? (good luck with getting in) Likewise if you OPEN your gun safe you also have earplugs %/or earmuffs and SAFETY GLASSES on? I really hate all encompassing statements by TACTARDS! This photo can be many things BUT it clearly is NOT a range photo nor is it a hunting photo, it is what it is a photo shoot! Brian Hausknecht says: May 22, 2020 at 13:09 Didja even look at the picture? Outdoors, in camo attire, looking to shoot… If this is supposed to be “training” a kid, there are so many fails! Don’t point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy! Plus all the personal safety and gun operation fails. This looks like the “photo taken right before a tragedy”. NRA. 100%. FAIL!! tsbhoa.p.jr says: May 22, 2020 at 13:10 dad’s about to get an appendectomy. Caseyy says: May 22, 2020 at 14:15 Are you people on drugs? Should you be? Don’t you have anything better to complain about? GS650G says: May 22, 2020 at 18:40 If your gun store is in the woods and you shoulder guns with an 8 year old you might want to wear protection when you shop for guns. Hush says: May 22, 2020 at 16:24 Aside from no vision and hearing protection, it appears that the young man is going to have a very sore shoulder because the butt of the gun is on his shoulder and his(young shooter) shoulder is against the adult man standing behind……no place for recoil to dispense other than in the shooter’s shoulder. Reply Anymouse says: May 22, 2020 at 21:22 Also, he’s already leaning backwards, which is a prescription for him winding up on his ass if he wasn’t being held up. I guess that’s what you get when you hire training execs whose priority is moving classes online instead of using a quality trainer. SGT Preston says: May 22, 2020 at 19:13 that would be, of course, after his fractured shoulder healed. Until then, he would be miserable Reply Nickel Plated says: May 22, 2020 at 20:15 Perhaps, but in a poster about gun safety, where a kid is holding a shotgun, certainly looking like he might fire it at any time, it would have made sense to throws some eyes and ears on the both of them. Otherwise where exactly is the safety message. This kid is about to not enjoy shooting guns as soon as he pulls that trigger. Reply eagle10 says: May 22, 2020 at 12:42 Dan, Who won the photo caption contest from last weekend? Reply the anti-fancy says: May 22, 2020 at 12:57 +1 I thought this might be the new photo for this weekend. I love reading the comments on those. Is there a way a poll could be put up so we could choose our own winners? Reply tsbhoa.p.jr says: May 22, 2020 at 13:09 no. Reply Dan Zimmerman says: May 22, 2020 at 13:14 Vernowhereman won the contest. I’ve posted his caption under the photo. https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/weekend-photo-caption-contest-win-a-leupold-freedom-rds-red-dot-with-mount/ Reply eagle10 says: May 22, 2020 at 13:23 Thank you! It definitely fits the photo. Reply Tom in Oregon says: May 22, 2020 at 13:25 Great choice! That’s some funny sh!t right there. Reply jwm says: May 22, 2020 at 14:16 Good choice. Reply Klaus Von Schmitto says: May 23, 2020 at 19:54 OMG that’s funny. Reply Cubbie says: May 22, 2020 at 12:48 They’re not wearing face masks! Reply Dude says: May 22, 2020 at 12:50 lol this. Reply tsbhoa.p.jr says: May 22, 2020 at 12:50 the check is in the mail. stop by the governors mansion for your cookie. Reply GS650G says: May 22, 2020 at 12:53 Winner right here! Reply Brian Hausknecht says: May 22, 2020 at 12:49 Fire Wayne LaPierre!!! It’s constant missteps like this that make NRA is almost worthless. OMG, please don’t give them a nickel!! I didn’t even buy the cool coyote color Sig P365 special edition because it was the “NRA Edition” Safety?? No Eyes and No Ears?? Ad was probably created by a Madison Avenue firm where no one knows guns. And NRA approved the ad?? Idiots!! Fire them All!! Reply tsbhoa.p.jr says: May 22, 2020 at 12:51 red cross wally? Reply chris says: May 22, 2020 at 19:44 ya the nra is horrible….. you got a better idea that is as big and effective? Reply Anymouse says: May 22, 2020 at 21:27 The Firearms Policy Coalition has been killing it in the courtrooms. The wins have been their suits, and the NRA is nowhere to be found. I’d say that’s more effective from a gun rights POV. Training-wise, their still the big dog in basic education/certification, but there are tons of excellent advanced school and instructors. Reply Hydguy says: May 22, 2020 at 12:53 They are clearly violating lock down order, not maintaining the appropriate 6’ ‘social distancing’ order, and are holding a death machine, and they are white. Reply tsbhoa.p.jr says: May 22, 2020 at 12:54 baby groot is not wagging her finger at them to go back inside. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-W-lksHk8s/?utm_source=ig_embed Reply GS650G says: May 22, 2020 at 12:55 He should know better than to let a child hold a AK-15 like that……. Reply SKP5885 says: May 23, 2020 at 08:26 Okay, this is good! Reply American Patriot says: May 22, 2020 at 12:55 You all are assuming that’s not a BB, or pellet gun! But the worst part is that the NRA is involved in anything. Reply Ralph says: May 22, 2020 at 12:59 That’s not the kid’s dad; he’s a complete stranger with a gun! Reply Tom in Oregon says: May 22, 2020 at 13:28 Yup. It’s Jeffrey Epstein with glasses. Proof he didn’t hang himself. Reply Dude says: May 22, 2020 at 13:37 Just look at that creepy pervert smile. Reply strych9 says: May 23, 2020 at 00:38 This is what jumped out to me as well. Something off about that guy. Maybe it’s the glasses. He looks like a creepster hoping for a “hug”. Reply Ralph says: May 22, 2020 at 14:12 “Do you like gladiator movies, Joey?” Reply Someone says: May 22, 2020 at 13:01 That shotgun is way too big for the kid. He can’t get proper cheek weld. Reply NORDNEG says: May 22, 2020 at 13:12 That’s a white dad & son with no truck or black guy in the photo,…CUT,,, Take – 2,,, Reply TechGuy says: May 22, 2020 at 13:19 The obvious: 1. Neither are wearing ear protection. 2. The kid is not wearing eye protection. The not so obvious: The kid is leaning backwards! An 80lb, kid with a 12ga. that is way too big for him. The next step, “OK, now you try it…” is not going to end well. The old man should be prepared to dig some mud out of his barrel. Yes, I’ve seen it happen. This was an ad on Facebook… promptly removed as soon as somebody pointed out they have their head up their ass. Reply KenW says: May 22, 2020 at 14:45 It’s been done before. When I was around 9 my uncle and I were walking through the woods behind his property when we came across an old freezer . Hap said want to shoot it with the shotgun? So he loads a shell and hands this big ass gun to me and shows me how to hold it. I aim as well as I could and squeezed the trigger. Asshole had ringed the 12 gauge shell and there was no way I could hang onto it. He is laughing like crazy until he notices the blood running down the side of my face. I ended up with a huge bruise on my shoulder and a a bunch of stitches from where it sliced my cheek and bragging points at school. He stayed away from my dad for a few years. Reply Xaun Loc says: May 22, 2020 at 13:21 Would someone – ANYONE – please identify exactly when & where this photo was published by the NRA? I’m certainly no supporter of the NRA, and I don’t for one minute think that they couldn’t have made the obvious mistakes in that stock photo — BUT it is a stock photo, belonging to a commercial service taken by an independent professional photographer. I also note that the text added to the stock photo does not match any actual NRA photos that I have seen or found. Reply Ralph says: May 22, 2020 at 14:18 Not NRA. NAMBLA. Reply GobblerK5 says: May 22, 2020 at 13:22 All of the above comments…Plus the dad is looking at the camera for his Kodak moment instead of focusing on the young man holding the gun, giving guidance and ensuring the safe handling of the firearm. If dad wasn’t so concerned with his smile and getting a good pic taken of himself, he would notice that he was about to get smacked in the gut with a 12ga recoil, that the firearm is too big for the young man leading to improper stance, grip, etc…everything is wrong in this picture. But my main dislike is dad isn’t focusing on the young man…dad must be a narcissist (i.e. do I look good, are you getting a good pic of ME)? Reply FedUp says: May 22, 2020 at 13:29 This is what happens when you let people with no idea of how firearms work develop a concept for an ad. So many problems! The much bigger problem is why did the NRA approve the ad (or even the concept). I am beginning to think the inmates are running the asylum! Reply HandyDan says: May 22, 2020 at 13:29 Camo is wrong for that environment. Reply merlin grayman says: May 22, 2020 at 13:42 actually, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the picture. the man is simply showing the boy how to hold the gun, aline the sights, assume a correct body position, and practice trigger control. there is zero evidence the shotgun is loaded. that is why the word ” train ” is used. Reply Manse Jolly says: May 22, 2020 at 13:48 The first gun I ever fired, besides a BB gun, was a 12ga. I was all of 9 or 10 years old and I didn’t weigh much. No ear or eye protection. Scared the crap out of me. However, it taught me a healthy respect for weapons for the rest of my life which was the whole point. I believe it did more good than harm. Reply Darkman says: May 22, 2020 at 14:05 ^^^100% Reply Prndll says: May 22, 2020 at 13:48 I’m not sure there is much about this photo at issue. I can’t even see the muzzle much less what it’s pointed at. Not sure if actually has any live ammo in it or even if they are actually outdoors. This is Hollywood fakery to me. I think that for the intended focus though, a better picture should have been used. Reply Bemused Berserker says: May 22, 2020 at 13:51 Since I’ve been an Endowment Level member, a long time before the NRA’s current travails, when the current troubles started up, the NRA gets no further donations from me. FPC, GOA, NAGR and others get my donations. With all of them though, the more you give, the more they want. I do get a little tired of the constant hands out we’re subjected too, sometimes on a daily basis. I doubt whether Wayne LaPierre was a part of the decision to run the ad. Some marketing flunky most likely made that decision. Reply billy-bob says: May 22, 2020 at 13:54 Looks like Quid Pro Joe from his life guard days fondling a kid trying to shoot. Reply Darkman says: May 22, 2020 at 14:00 Nothing…How I grew up. I can hear. I can see. Just like millions of people have done since the dawn of the firearms age. Use eyes and ears at the range because it’s the rule and you don’t want to set off the Fudd’s. Don’t use either when hunting. Never have never will. Reply Ralph says: May 22, 2020 at 14:13 This would have been a great picture for the caption contest! Reply former water walker says: May 22, 2020 at 14:21 I fired a shotgun when I was the kid’s age. No eye/ear protection(of course-it was the 60’s). But it was a 410. Working in a factory and going to rock concerts was quite a bit worse… Reply get out of my sandbox says: May 22, 2020 at 14:24 It’s a staged image, not an actual photo of a real life shooting and as such was not made for educational or instructional purposes. So in actuality, there’s nothing wrong with the image. If this is like the kids magazine Highlights® where we are supposed to find the hidden scissors in the image, I’m not playing. Reply VicRattlehead says: May 22, 2020 at 14:42 Of course it’s a staged photo. The problem is, when you’re trying to convey a message about safety training the younger generation using a pic with OBVIOUS safety problems kinda negates your whole message and makes you look foolish. Reply enuf says: May 22, 2020 at 14:26 It’s a ShutterStock image, available to anyone who pays. There are many in this series with both the man and the boy. Different poses, none with the gun being fired. See this page and scroll thru the images, you will see what I mean. https://www.shutterstock.com/search/father+son+guns Reply Guy J. Sagi says: May 22, 2020 at 16:21 You’re right Mr. Enuf. It’s a stock photo for sale not taken or owned by NRA. It’s also available at Alamy.com, another stock photo site. Anyone can buy rights to post it, and modify as they like….hope you guys remembered to do so. Reply Top says: May 22, 2020 at 14:30 Oh, the error of not vetting stock photos before allowing your clueless ad agency to represent you. This one, for an organization that strives to reinforce gun safety, screams “Whatever you do, don’t do it this way.” Right up there with “Hold my beer.” Reply Conrad says: May 22, 2020 at 14:38 The kid is called “a Safe Gun Owner of TOMORROW”. No different than today under Jay Inslee’s tutelage having Educators teach First Grader’s how one day they will use condoms; or Kindergartners sitting at the feet of Drag Queens without underwear to hear love stories; or the school Nurse teaching about anal sex, abortion, same sex marriage, and gender choice now, and when they get bigger. Reply conrad says: May 22, 2020 at 14:39 lol, yea, what’s wrong with THAT picture? Reply Twr says: May 22, 2020 at 14:53 Surely it makes a good meme but to go full Fudd retard over it is kind of dumb. Reply doesky2 says: May 22, 2020 at 15:32 Here’s a few things that has nothing to do with being a FUDD or not. Expecting quality output from people you give your hard earned money to. Not publicly sh1tting the bed after you’ve been caught buying 4K$ suits. Reply Twr says: May 22, 2020 at 16:51 Well, I am sorry that you are both expecting anything from and still giving your money to the NRA. Reply Roy F. Wilt says: May 22, 2020 at 15:03 First of all, Safety Glasses are not required I spent a Year in Combat and never used them! As Far as hearing protection, I had to use Cigarette Filters because the Army never provided them! As Far as Teaching the Kid? The only thing that is going to happen, IS that the boy is going to break his shoulder! Reply Ralph says: May 22, 2020 at 16:32 “I had to use Cigarette Filters” Hahahah! I used Marlboro or Winston filters when I was a kid (if I used anything at all). Some of the older guys used expended cases. And eye protection? Never. Reply Hannibal says: May 22, 2020 at 18:05 …it’s also not safe to have people shooting at you. I don’t think your combat experience translates to proper safety procedure elsewhere where it’s entirely possible to use hearing and eye protection. Reply Michelle says: May 22, 2020 at 15:30 Vitamin D 4000iu – 400 Premium Vitamin D3 Easy-Swallow Micro Tablets Read More Reply Ralph says: May 22, 2020 at 16:32 You know what else is easy swallow? Reply TommyJay says: May 22, 2020 at 16:01 Yup. Those are Shutterstock models. I shot at a few clay pigeons with my dad’s 12 gage when I was 14 or 15. I hit one or two, but never wanted to repeat that experience. In addition to the other good points, I think the kid’s trigger hand and arm is all wrong. I think I can see the kid’s trigger finger on the trigger, but where is the thumb wrapped over the top of the stock? And we can see dad cupping the kid’s trigger arm elbow way down low. I don’t think it is a pistol grip shotgun. Reply warfab says: May 22, 2020 at 16:10 As a guy who has run a few photo shoots as part of my day job, the NRA should really be doing better. From the poor body position of the kid to the lack of ear and eye pro to the shady look that adult is giving the camera to the plastic appearance of the child’s face….. I’d be happy to help with art direction for less than the price of one of Lapierre’s suits. Reply William Tell says: May 22, 2020 at 16:28 I know the angle puts the photographer far to the side BUT it also puts the photographer on the wrong side of the muzzle. Reply Minuteman says: May 22, 2020 at 16:56 What’s wrong with the picture? Well it’s a normal looking Dad with a normal looking Son. We can’t be having that go on in today’s society! Can’t believe a story like that would be published here. I’m thinking this site is ran by liberals. Reply Phil LA says: May 22, 2020 at 17:07 Whatever. That’s exactly how my first gun shot went. “Its loud and it hurts. Now stay out of my shit, boy.” Reply Jasper says: May 22, 2020 at 18:24 My father was an avid trapshooter so I naturally started when I was 7-8. This was mid 1960’s. No one wore glasses back then and only a few people wore earplugs. Never shot my eye out and not aware of anyone who did. But now that I have hearing aides I do wish I had been aware of earplugs. This shotgun looks like a semi-auto so the recoil shouldn’t be bad. My first shooting was with my dad’s Wingmaster. This kid looks like a really lucky kid cause more and more fathers are not doing this with their kids anymore. Reply RonRayGunnGunn says: May 22, 2020 at 20:13 He doesn’t have his hand around the grip to fire it. Reply Ferg in Tahoe says: May 22, 2020 at 23:41 What’s wrong with this picture? EVERYTHING. Reply strych9 says: May 23, 2020 at 00:33 Ear pro, Eye pro, Pedo pro… That might not the right order. Reply Chuck Lundborg says: May 23, 2020 at 02:12 Do any of you hunt ? When i have a boss gobbler hooked on. My calls , i certainly dont stop And take a chance of him breakin off So i can stuf plugs in my ears and thrown on a pair of safety glasses , and i doubt many do ? Reply Ty in Oregon says: May 23, 2020 at 02:57 Unless there is some sort of pistol grip that I can’t see, the kid is only holding onto the trigger guard…..for starters. Reply BILL ON THE HILL says: May 23, 2020 at 06:15 IT LOOKS LIKE NO ONE GUESSED CORRECTLY……THE ANSWER IS THAT BOTH THE FATHER AND CHILD ARE DEAF AND BLIND, HENCE THE LACK OF HEARING AND EYE PROTECTION!! Reply Mike Hunt says: May 23, 2020 at 06:25 Plot twist. The kid is blind and deaf. Reply Bob says: May 23, 2020 at 07:03 Ad was probably dreamed up by Wayne’s friends who pay for his hottie secretary’s apartment. Save The NRA: FIRE WAYNE Reply SKP5885 says: May 23, 2020 at 07:16 Is it missing a comma after the word today and a period after the word tomorrow??????? I’m not good with grammar. Reply Brian Hughes says: May 23, 2020 at 07:59 Perhaps the gun isn’t even loaded and the dad is trying to show his son (who is holding a gun for the first time) how to aim. Reply Anonymous says: May 23, 2020 at 08:20 There is nothing wrong with this picture at all. They are posing for a photo. They are not shooting anything. Reply Billy Bob says: May 23, 2020 at 09:42 For [email protected] sake. Let’s scrutinize every photo with a firearm and critique it as if it were an actual shooting event. Yeah let’s do that so we can impress strangers with our combat acquired tactical knowledge and experience. As a successful participant in countless, yes I havent counted them, shooting events that led to the subsequent death of many, yep that’s right, I will offer up myself to offer the final judgement on all comments and criticisms. You are welcome. Reply James W Crawford says: May 23, 2020 at 11:00 That’s Yamhill County Oregon Judge Ladd Wiles “instructing” his alleged son on “gun safety” after his wife, Amanda Marshall, got herself arrested for stalking her boyfriend at the US Attorney’s office. As Amanda wrote in a guest editorial in the Oregonian, Judge Wiles is a “responsible” gun owner who believes in “reasonable” gun regulations. Since it was revealed that Amanda committed perjury by invoking the Clintonion excuse that her relationship with a subordinate wasn’t really adultery because she was merely performing oral sex on him, Judge Wiles is now somewhat skeptical about the paternity of the three sons that his wife gave birth to during their marriage. Ladd is about to have the boy adjust his shooting stance so that the butt of the stock is lodged securely in his groin before firing. Reply MAGA says: May 24, 2020 at 20:51 IN SUMMARY: BOOM!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Reply matt says: May 26, 2020 at 10:25 Only thing I see wrong is the kid’s trying to aim a shotgun. 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