Cute Kids Pose With Santa -- And Guns (VIDEO)

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boy with gun and santaIt's unfathomable to me that anyone could think it would be okay ever, but it's especially shocking that it happened this past weekend in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. But there it was -- a gun range in Texas putting kids on Santa's lap, handing them a gun, and then asking them to say, "Cheese!"

Ho ho horrific. It happened at the Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, Texas, where they posed gun-toting children with Santa Claus in the name of holiday cheer. Owners of the place say the "child-friendly" event "helps educate children and take the mystery out of the guns." Owner Nancy Prince told WFAA, "If people want to hurt another person, they can use a baseball bat."

If only all Adam Lanza had on him was a baseball bat.

I don't care how much you cherish your right to bear arms, you have to believe that this is wrong. It's one thing to teach your child gun safety, and it's another to make a gun some bright and shiny prop in what's supposed to be a fun picture. There's nothing fun about guns.

And I'm not even necessarily anti-gun altogether. While I do believe we need to revamp our gun control laws and do so immediately, I also grew up in the Midwest and went hunting with dad; my best friend's father owned a gun shop at which we spent plenty of time. I think there is a time and a place for some guns in our society, under some circumstances. And if kids are around them because of things like hunting, then teaching them safety is indeed important. But teaching them that they're something to be boasted about in pictures, to be treated as a prop in a picture like some might use a teddy bear is just wrong.

Guns are not toys -- far from them -- so you would think that people who profess to want to preach gun safety would not treat them as such. You would think that parents would reject anything that would make their children think that guns are something to brag about and wield about with such a casual hand.

And to do so this past weekend ... well, that just makes me shake with rage. To see the beautiful, innocent faces of those 20 children whose lives were taken in an instant, and then to see these children smiling with guns in hand is beyond disturbing. It's sick, and the parents who let their children pose like this should be ashamed.

Do you think posing children with Santa and a gun is okay? Ever?

 

Image via WFAA

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dirti... dirtiekittie

one, not every article in the world is going to be about that a-hole in CT and what he did. (and you should stop giving him press by throwing his name around in every article). two, i'm sure that such an event was planned in advance of the weekend, and the gun-shop owners couldn't have known how unfortunate the timing turned out to be. three, they are not only used as 'props' - this is where gun handling and safety measures are taught. i grew up in texas, and something like this is not really that uncommon. 


also, how about not living your life in fear and acting like everything gun related is somehow tied to the monster who did those heinous acts last week? i'm sure there are plenty of families with hunters of all ages who didn't even associate the two. stop using a horrendous tragedy to push a pro- or anti-gun agenda. the bottom line was that man was mentally ill. i don't think you're comparing apples and oranges here. 

butte... butterflyfreak

I think you're blowing this WAY out of proportion. Chances are, those kids have been raised around guns, have an innate respect for them and know quite well that it's not a "prop." Maybe the timing is off, in the wake of the tragedy. But I'd be willing to bet that this is something they do EVERY year and you're only hearing about it this year because of the horrific events that transpired on Friday.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

"I don't care how much you cherish your right to bear arms, you have to believe that this is wrong. It's one thing to teach your child gun safety, and it's another to make a gun some bright and shiny prop in what's supposed to be a fun picture. There's nothing fun about guns."



AGREED. Stop glorifying guns and people who use them. They are dangerous and to be used only in the most desperate of cases.



Yes people, arm yourselves, protect your house, your children and family. But EDUCATE your young ones and stop the "proud gun owner" mentality. They are a necessity for protection ONLY. Not to be paraded about like some trophy.



This nation as a whole needs to change their whole mentality.

Sierr... SierraLynn

Autumn, what about hunting and sharp shooters? These are recognized sports. And hunting is regulated by the state. They are not just for protection, like it or not. People who own guns are not afraid of them. Everyone needs to stop being so freaked out about guns. It's not the guns fault people die by them, its the deranged person behind it, who will find a way to get one no matter how strict the laws are. And for some people, they are trophies. My husband has a rifle that's been in his family for 4 generations and have killed hundreds of deer. And yes, that rifle is just as much a trophy as the big bucks they bring home.



These pictures are not wrong and horrifc just because you disagree with them. Stop deamonizing evey person who owns guns and teaching their children about GUN SAFETY! You OP should be ashamed for hiding people whom you know nothing about, not the parents of these children.



This article is disgusting.

Sierr... SierraLynn

Judging* not hiding.

Smerk... Smerkalot

Lol this article is whats ho ho horrific.  Get over yoursevles.  I live near Lewisville... and I can tell you that the majority of people around here are SMART about gun ownership, and handling.  These are families that obviously have a vested interest in Firearms, otherwise they wouldn't be going to a GUN RANGE.  Notice how that says GUN range?  As in a place you go to shoot firearms, fully legal, fully responsible.  This wasn't a Santa photo-op at a school.  I'm openminded... but I swear most of you women on this site are completely ignorant on subjects you rant and rant about.

nonmember avatar guest

I live in Texas and people having guns isnt unusual. I don't see a problem with it since these children are being taught how to properly handle a gun and where and when to use it. Not every person who has a gun is going to use it like these mentally ill that have through out the years. My family has always had guns. they were always locked up and we only used them with an adult at appropriate times. I dont own a gun now but I know how to use one. Maybe these parents wanted their kids to know how to properly use a gun if they ever needed for safety or for sport. The photos came at a bad time, no need to be asses about the gun range or these kids parents.

nonmember avatar elisha

do u ppl relise how many children of so called responsible gun owners shot themselfs or others with their parents guns. prayers that u all wake up before its 2 late

nonmember avatar elisha

do u ppl relise how many children of so called responsible gun owners shot themselfs or others with their parents guns. prayers that u all wake up before its 2 late

Flori... Floridamom96

No, Julie, one does not have to agree with you. Guns are tools, they are neither good nor bad. They are merely inanimate objects. They have not been imbued with magical powers allowing them to act of their own volition. They sit wherever they were left until a person acts on them. The problem is not with the tools people use, it is with how they choose to use them.

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