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Fake guns don’t kill people

I grew up pointing plastic guns at my friends. We’d pretend to shoot at each other, people on TV, or just shoot at imaginary people. Never in my youth did I ever think that a fake gun and a real gun were the same thing. I understood that real guns were dangerous and you didn’t play with them. I understood that fake guns were fine to play with, but you if they fired foam darts or those little plastic discs, you didn’t aim for someones face. These were basic rules that I understood from a very young age. Somewhere between the 80’s and today though, people seemed to forget the difference between fantasy and reality.

No, this isn’t going to be a rant about a little kid that shot someone, instead, this is a rant about a bunch of dipshits who are freaking out about a fake gun.

Seriously, it's a fake gun

This is a picture of a woman holding a baby and a fake gun. You can tell that the gun is fake because the cylinder and the ejector all appear to be one piece. There are no visible moving parts. The gun in this picture is a toy. That fact has not stopped people from saying some rather not nice things about her. I’ve read comments stating that the woman should be everything from beaten to shot, all for pointing a fake gun at a kid.

Think about that for a minute. What are supposed to be normal, rational human beings, are calling out for this woman’s murder because she pointed a fake gun at a kid. Just how in the world does one come to that conclusion? Most of these people are mothers themselves. Mothers that are now wishing for this child to grow up without her own mother. Does that make sense to anybody out there? Is it just me? Am I the crazy one?

Does thinking that more information is needed before I’m willing to grab a torch and pitch fork put me in the wrong?

What exactly is wrong with the picture? The kid is not visibly bruised or hurt. The kid isn’t crying. It’s just sitting there, looking at the toy gun, not giving one single damn. This kid is probably going to be more traumatized after watching The Land Before Time or The Lion King than from this incident. Is this really a reason to threaten someone’s life or to waste the police’s time investigating?

  • You Never, and I repeat Never point a gun at someone unless you intend to use it!!! Guns can go off & kill someone, even when you “think” they are not loaded!!! My Dad taught me that lesson long ago!!! NO, THIS IS NOT A FUNNY PICTURE!!! Even if it is a plastic gun… Whatever!!! Even doing this with a plastic gun is not funny!!! This is a bullshit attempt at humor, and it don’t impress me a bit!!! It provokes me to anger!!!

    THIS IS A DISCUSSION HERE… THIS GUY THINKS THIS PIC IS JUST FINE!!! I AM ONE OF THE PEOPLE HE CALLED A DIPSHIT!!! LMAO-O-O!!! I UNDERSTAND ABOUT CHILDREN PLAYING WITH PLASTIC GUNS… THAT IS FINE, AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED. AND I DO NOT HATE THIS GIRL IN THE PHOTO EITHER, NOR DO I WISH HER ANY HARM… I JUST BELIEVE THE PHOTO IS NOT APPROPRIATE OR FUNNY!!!

    • You Never, and I repeat Never point a gun at someone unless you intend to use it!!!

      It is a fake gun, it cannot go off, and it is actually being used for it’s intended purpose, which is, point at people to pretend that you are shooting them while in fact, not putting them in any danger.

      My Dad taught me that lesson long ago!!!

      I’m hoping that he never let you drive a Power Wheels until you were 16, after all, children under 16 should never be allowed to drive a car, even if it is a fake one.

      I UNDERSTAND ABOUT CHILDREN PLAYING WITH PLASTIC GUNS… THAT IS FINE, AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED.

      Not according to the first line of your response. You even went so far as to repeat the word “never” for emphasis. You can’t have it both ways, it’s either never, or you allow it sometimes. And if you make exemptions for children, what makes them so special that they get to play with fake guns and adults don’t? What exactly is the cut off where you are not allowed to play with fake guns any more? Are there exceptions for different types of fake guns? Thinkgeek sells Nerf guns as toys for in the office, should they stop doing that since offices are for adults? If this picture were two kids in the same position, would it have been ok?

      THAT IS FINE, AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED. AND I DO NOT HATE THIS GIRL IN THE PHOTO EITHER, NOR DO I WISH HER ANY HARM…

      Awesome, you are that much less of a dipshit than most of the people who commented on the original blog post. Most of what I read called for, at the least, having the cops take this girl from what is probably a loving family and shove her into what ever her country has for a foster care system, and at worse, called for everything from severe beatings to actual shootings. All for a fake gun.

      I JUST BELIEVE THE PHOTO IS NOT APPROPRIATE OR FUNNY!!!

      Good for you. There are plenty of things I don’t find funny also, like Larry the Cable Guy, for instance. I see him on TV, and I change the channel, I don’t rant on the internet about how he should be beaten to death of that the cops should break up his family because I don’t like his jokes.

      But I guess this is the internet, and it’s not like you can just go to a different page when you see something you don’t like…

      Nope, better do something that’s going to get the police involved, it’s not like they have anything better to do…

      • All your plilosophies, to me, are null & void of basic understanding of the point that the photo is not a good one to post on the net. Whatever, we can agree to disagree!!!

        • It’s only not a good one to post on the internet because there are people that appear to lack the basic understanding that you shouldn’t believe everything you see on the internet.

  • CS

    It’s so unfortunate because people only see what they want to see. What I would also like to mention is that there is another woman in the background probably doing dishes. The girl holding the gun also appears to be the age of maybe 14? The young lady holding the gun is probably an older sister being stupid.. But you know something.. most people don’t ever want to analyze a picture completely.. they just look at the pic, briefly read the description, and are lead by the masses. Most people cannot think for themselves rationally.
    You made a great article.. thank you for that!

  • Karma

    Where is CPS when you need them. She needs serious parenting classes. She knows it’s a fake gun but the baby does not – nor will she when somebody leaves a real one on the coffee table. I collect guns and have for years. My father gave me my first .22 when I was 7 and he taught me well. And if he had seen me do that, fake or not, I wouldn’t have sat down for a week. Except for the two guns I carry depending on the circumstances – every gun in this house is in a locked fireproof BIG gun safe. If that’s some kind of advertising, pull it.

  • ophelia

    While I apparently missed the hubbub about the pic originally…and I do not think this warrants threats to the mom, the pic is unsettling. In my youth we played all sorts of shooting games – my parents…did not. When my 8 yr old saw this – he found it upsetting & he holds none of these presupposed ideas adults might. He was like “Why would that mom kid about shooting her baby???” And I ask the same thing. Why is it funny? And if it’s not meant to be funny – then what is it meant to be? I just do not find humor in suggestions of violence toward children. I also would not find it funny if instead the kid is standing there & an adult appears to be winding up a bat to take a swing. Not funny. Real children are in fact mistreated all the time. There are some subjects that really are so distasteful, they aren’t meant to be jokes. I would have to say this pic qualifies. Should the kid go to foster care? Not based on this. But I would be lying if I said this isn’t a highly uncomfortable pic to me. I mean it’s one thing to take a pic, thinking it would be funny- then look & be like, “Oh wait no I’m deleting that. It is way more disturbing than I thought it would be.” It is another entirely to decide it’s a good one & to share it online….like you do in fact think it’s a “good one”. Posting a pic like that online already shows a lack of judgement because *I* could have seen this would rile up some serious crap from 10 miles away. I am sure the poster either wanted a huge reaction or is dull in the ability to predict outcome.

    • ophelia

      And to add – some reactions that people had that were severe may in fact be due to tiggering issues they have. My own mother in law grew up with an alcoholic father who often would wake them all in the middle of the night & hold them at gun point threatening to shoot them all & then himself. Then he would wake the next morning & be so sorry & not even recall doing it – until next time. Someone like *her* might in fact say some pretty severe things about an image like this – again, because it really is not funny.