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Photo of baby holding rifle ignites fury on Facebook

Photo of Baby Holding Rifle Ignites Fury on Facebook
A Connecticut dad is getting a lot of heat for letting his 6-month-old pose with a rifle.

Baby holding gun
The photo shows little Genevieve Duffy holding a bolt-action rifle at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post. According to The Blaze, dad Chris Duffy snapped the pic after Genevieve tugged on the gun when he was testing it for weight.

After Duffy posted it to his personal Facebook page, the Woodbridge gun shop shared it on its own page. Within a matter of days, the post had gotten a lot of attention.

Reactions are mixed, with some saying it's terrible parenting, but others asking ... what's the big deal?

The Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post has since deleted the post. The gun shop thanked its new supporters and wrote on its Facebook page:

'Pics have been taken down because the families asked them to be removed. We support teaching young people to shoot and would NEVER put anyone's life at risk. Feel free to share photos and comments. If I post something and it offends you...don't cry to me. Call your mom.'

Following the photo post, people took to Facebook to share their opinion.

One user wrote on WTNH's page, 'Do we have to expose our children to guns ? If you want to do something with your child go to a museum etc. Let's keep them innocent for as long as we can please.'

And another posted a photo of her own daughter holding a gun - getting more than 25 'likes.'

Duffy has since responded to angry commenters by saying it was all in good, safe fun.

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pawillyxx March 03 2014 at 3:44 PM

People need to get a life.

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Pam March 03 2014 at 5:08 PM

She is so cute, does the gun come in pink??

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moeelmore March 03 2014 at 3:56 PM

Wow, just toucing a gun will make the child a mass murderer about as surely as her touching a spoon will make her weigh 500 lbs. Give me a break.

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LimoBarbie moeelmore March 03 2014 at 4:07 PM

Only if she's on SNAP...

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Abarta27 March 04 2014 at 1:21 AM

Dear AOL: Not every news story needs a video attached to it. Show me the photo, and let me read the article. Thank you.

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generalsnafu Abarta27 March 04 2014 at 2:58 AM

Yes but, without a video, AOL wouldn't have the opportunity to make you also watch a commercial. AOL is turning into the worst.

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wan23wan March 04 2014 at 1:31 AM

No big deal!

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Brian Workman March 04 2014 at 1:39 AM

When I was that age; I can't remember even being alive, let alone , what & where & why of anything!

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blumoon92 March 03 2014 at 4:02 PM

I think its cute, she may in the Olimpics some day, lighten up people, better the gun that a NEEDLE!

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LimoBarbie March 03 2014 at 4:02 PM

I thought it was cute. This uproar is just another example of the pussification of America. GET OVER IT! This isn't even news, and it's his kid AND his rifle.

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fjludu LimoBarbie March 03 2014 at 4:04 PM

You get to hold a rifle AFTER you learn how to use it.

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H.D. McDonald fjludu March 03 2014 at 4:11 PM

How are you going to learn to use a rifle if you can't hold one while learning ? That would be like not being allowed to drive a car until after you have a drivers license .

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lightninbob1 fjludu March 03 2014 at 4:28 PM

You'll never get to hold one.

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valgaavmiko March 04 2014 at 1:50 AM

My husband learned gun safety and how to shoot (with adult supervision) at the age of 7. Get over it. The reason kids accidentally shoot themselves is because idiots treat guns like a taboo subject and never teach them.

That said, I don't agree that letting an infant hold a gun is practicing good gun safety. Be responsible.

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orion15stars valgaavmiko March 04 2014 at 2:40 AM

NRA didn't hesitate to send in the damage control patrol in large numbers on behalf of the firearms manufacturers. More and more people are wising up to NRA propaganda.

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capttcwhittaker March 03 2014 at 3:54 PM

My four year old knows that daddy has a gun and that he is never allowed to touch it, let alone shoot it. I keep my gun in a locked case and the keys are secure. The gun is not loaded and the bullets are kept separately out of the reach of children. I see nothing wrong in letting them know it is real, it can kill, and they should never ever pick it up and aim it or use it.

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