Terrible Dad Posts Chilling Photo of Toddler on Facebook

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If you thought it couldn't get worse than a baby taking bong hits on Facebook, think again. A dad in Australia, already facing firearm charges, posted a photo on Facebook of his toddler holding a loaded gun.

Maybe he thought it was hilarious. But a lot of people aren't laughing. It's really hard to imagine what would make someone think this is OK, but this dad apparently did. 

It's easy to see how someone might make an argument justifying this. Maybe. After all, don't many of us allow our children to play with toy guns? How is this different? And then we use our brains.

It's different because a toy gun can't kill you (duh). It's different because it's almost impossible to explain to a child that something isn't a toy when you've let them play with it before. It's different because IT IS DIFFERENT.

A toy gun can't go off and kill people. Besides, many parents don't even want their kids playing with toy guns. A child this young shouldn't even know what a gun is, let alone see one. I realize some people are more pro-gun than me, but come on. Can anyone really justify a 2-year-old holding a loaded weapon?

If you can, you might want to get your head examined. Your logic and your moral compass appear to be askew.

This baby should be taken away from this dad until he actually realizes why what he did was dangerous, stupid, and abusive, to boot.

Does this make you angry?

 

Image via The Knowles Gallery/Flickr

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Brade... BradenIsMySon

In the pic, you can tell it was wrong. However, when i was 2, my dad had me shoot targets with a .22 rifle. I was taught the proper way to hold and handle the gun, so, to comdemn all kids and guns is not right. This dad on the other hand was just irresponsible.

Poiso... PoisonousHoney

WOW! I'm all for educating kids, even young kids, on guns, but allowing a two year old hold a loaded weapon is NOT ok.

KBW2 KBW2

Stupid makes the world go around.

Sydne... SydneysMommy86

I have a pic of my 3 month old holding an unloaded bb gun that looks like an m16. It's hilarious. I freaked when my husband put it on fb. But it wasn't a real loaded gun either.

Poiso... PoisonousHoney

I should rephrase that. Letting a toddler hold a loaded weapon all willy nilly is NOT ok. Target practice is different and educating is different.

Poiso... PoisonousHoney

Also, had that been a prop and not a real and loaded gun, that picture would be cute and rather artistic. 

nonmember avatar Ann

Parent's stupidity is always maddening. However, what makes me even more angry is the last comment in this article: "This baby should be taken from it's dad..." I don't know this man's story, or what he's been accused or proven guilty of, but the attitude that "we" should run around taking children from parents "we" consider undeserving is a dangerous idea. It is wrong on so many levels I can't explain it all concisely here. But two points: Are you your neighbor's judge??? and secondly, Foster care in the U.S. is so deplorable and horrific that unless the child's life is literally in danger, I would consider being yanked from one's parent a worse fate than what they endured at home. It is not our job to take children from parents and give them to someone we consider more worthy anymore than it is our right to take money from the wealthy and give it to those we deem more needy.

betha... bethany653

That's insane! Incredibly irresponsible and just plain stupid! What is with people posting pictures on FB that in turn get them arrested??

Aundria Cooper Premo

As a military family our boys, ages 7 and 4, know ALL about guns! We'd never let them play with guns. They know guns are DEAD SERIOUS business! I was raised shooting as well. But we learned to respect the gun, not play with it!

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