A video (below) posted by a Florida father that shows him helping his 4-year-old daughter to shoot a gun at a firing range has prompted controversy online.
Buck Holly posted the brief clip of his daughter Noah firing four shots at a target, Daily Mail reported.
In the video, Buck, who is a professional gunsmith, helps Noah hold the weapon as she fires at the target.
“Oh! Three for three!” Buck says at one point after Noah hits the target.
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The video went viral and many people expressed their opinion about it in comments.
“Sorry guys, that’s real bad. No weapons for kids,” wrote one critic, the Mirror reported.
According to a study by the Associated Press published Dec. 10, at least 141 children in the U.S. died in 2015 due to firearms going off unintentionally or because of accidental shootings. This figure does not include those killed by guns fired on purpose, such as cases of stray bullets.
The number of deaths for the previous year was 113.
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But others say teaching young children to use weapons at an early age would make them more careful around firearms.
“The earlier you teach the better off they'll be hunting or taking down someone threatening others' safety. Stop being closed minded and open your eyes. Now she won't go grab her daddy's pistol and wonder what it is. She'll see it and think, ‘No, no, Not when Daddy isn't around.’ Unlike a WONDERING kid that age not knowing what it is,” another commenter added.
Buck responded to his critics in an interview with Daily Mail.
“I would invite each and every one of [my critics] to come to the range with me and my family and participate in it. See how things really happen. They got to see a 30-second snippet of a little girl shooting. What they don't see is the preparation that goes into it. They don't see her asking and begging for more ammo. So I would tell my critics, feel free to criticize me. That's our lifestyle. But before you criticize, come and try it and experience it for yourself,” he said.
He went on to note that his daughter is aware of the risks of weapons.
Holly added in online comments that when he took his daughter to see Santa recently, she asked him for more ammo for Christmas.