A video of a dad teaching his four-year-old daughter how to shoot a rifle has started a heated debate about whether she was too young to be taught how to shoot.
Buck Holly, a custom gun builder in southwest Florida, posted the video of his daddy-daughter time at the shooting range to Facebook on December 3.
The video shows Holly holding his daughter Noah’s gun on a shooting rest as she fires four shots.
As the little girl expertly loads the rifle, aims and shoots, her dad is by her side – cheering her on.
‘Oh! Three for three!’ he says after her third successful shot. Noah barely has time to high-five her dad before she’s onto the next shot.
She nods her head ‘yes’ and beams when her dad asks her if she’s going for another shot.
At the end of the video, Noah looks visibly disappointed when she sees that she’s out of ammo.
While there’s no federal or state law mandating at what age a child can shoot a gun, commenters had passionate opinion for and against letting a child as young as Noah fire a rifle after Holly posted the video online.
“I’m all for teaching kids to be safe with guns and to know how to behave around them, but if they’re too young to eve hold the gun properly then they’re too young to shoot it in my opinion,” a commenter named Daina Souter wrote. “Yes, he’s teaching her the right things, but if something goes wrong and the gun kicks or misfires and she’s not holding it right because she’s so small…”
Most of the commenters were in support of Holly though, saying that teaching children how to properly and safely use guns at a young age will stop accidents from happening later on.
“The earlier you teach the better off they’ll be hunting or taking down someone threatening others’ safety,” another commenter named Nick Combs wrote. “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.”
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