There are just some things you don’t do – not solely because of their potential to be unsafe, but because you certainly will be painting a target on yourself the size of a water tower, and inviting every internet peruser to weigh in with stark condemnation.
Case in point – According to Fox News on March 2, a Connecticut father thought it appropriate to post a Facebook picture of his 6-month old baby girl, in her stroller, holding a rifle. As if that wasn’t folly enough, the pic was taken at a gun store just miles from the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
Genevieve Duffy was photographed smiling over the weekend by her father Christopher Duffy at the Woodbridge Firearms store, which is only 20 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School – location of the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history.
Christopher insists the bolt action rifle was safe, and while that may be true, the image is sparking widespread criticisms, especially among those in the local neighborhood who are still reeling from the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children from their community.
“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?” said local resident Bryanna Wingate.
Incredulously, Patrick defended his actions. He unrepentantly even said he would do it again.
“Other people being upset about it?” Duffy hypothetically asked himself. “I don’t force their kids 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.”
Duffy then claimed that the picture came about “by accident.”
“The little one actually latched onto it when I first picked it up to see how heavy it was,” he claimed. “It’s actually very light, to test the weight, so I just decided to take the picture.”
And then decided to post it for all to see.
“She can’t even speak yet and she has a gun in her hand and it’s bizarre,” said resident Alexa Grose.
The store’s co-owner, Mike Majewski, even had the picture up on his store’s Facebook page.
“If someone wants to share something with the rest of the community, I have no problem posting it on the page,” said Majewski.
The picture has since been removed.