A video of a toddler showing off his gun skills at an NRA convention has gone totally viral, and, just like the majority of content related to gun control, it's causing an uproar on the internet.
The kid, named Maverick, was approached at the convention by avid hunter Kendall Jones, who asked him to show her what he could do with the gun. He was more than happy to show her, proudly engaging the rifle's bolt and trigger, and unloading and loading the magazine.
Jones tweeted the video, writing "This video is INCREDIBLE!! Parenting done RIGHT," and including an emoji of the American flag. She can also be heard saying, "This is adorable" at the end of the video. Hmm. Has anyone ever shown her kittens? Actually, strike that — she'd probably just shoot them.
Some people saw nothing wrong with the video, and nothing wrong with bringing a 4-year-old to an NRA convention.
But the video was disturbing to many people, especially given that guns reportedly kill more toddlers in the U.S. each year than the flu. And that in 2017, American toddlers were shooting people "on a weekly basis." A lot of the people responding were gun owners themselves, they just didn't think it was "adorable" that a little boy was playing with a real rifle like it was a toy.
And while wee Maverick did know how to load the magazine and pull the trigger, he missed a few very important aspects of gun safety.
At least one person pointed out the double standard for white kids versus black.
Some were aghast that the video seemed in direct opposition to the safety principles of the NRA.
It's true that in this case, the gun was just a demo, not loaded, but who knows what could happen the next time a kid who's so gung-ho to play with a gun encounters one not at an NRA convention?