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Celebrity shamed for sharing video of 7-year-old daughter firing a rifle. He shoots down criticism fast with pro-2A argument.
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Celebrity shamed for sharing video of 7-year-old daughter firing a rifle. He shoots down criticism fast with pro-2A argument.

Good grief

Social media trolls targeted Carey Hart, the husband of A-list entertainer Pink, for a video he posted of his 7-year-old daughter shooting a rifle, but Hart shut down critics with his overt support of the Second Amendment.

What are the details?

Hart, who is a former professional motocross competitor, shared an Instagram video on Wednesday featuring his 7-year-old daughter Willow shooting a .22 rifle. He captioned the photo, "Haven't poked the parent police bear in a few days."

"Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards," he added. "Started her shooting at 3yrs old."

"For the record," he added, "non [sic] of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I'm raising the kids with the knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands."

"#[K]nowledgeispower," Hart concluded.

In the video, Hart's daughter can be seen wearing shooting earmuffs asking Hart, "Can I go?" Hart told the child to fire at will, but she hesitated and asked, "Wait, is the safety on?" She then went on to fire the rifle.

What was the reaction?

Naturally, many people called Hart an irresponsible father for allowing his 7-year-old daughter to use a gun.

In the comments section on the video, Hart addressed the critics. One user wrote, "There is absolutely no reason why a three-year-old needs to be shooting a gun. It is just indoctrinating the toxic American culture that guns are somehow 'cool' and a 'hobby.'"

Hart responded, "That is your opinion. I never slam people for speaking their opinion. I enjoy debate and shedding light on subjects that are sensitive like this. Now when you disrespect my country or 'culture' I feel I have every right to get nasty."

He later added, "I think this is an extremely important topic of education," noting that he also planned on purchasing a bow for his daughter later this year.

Another Instagram user said that Hart should be afraid of his daughter losing control of the weapon and shooting him in the face in error.

Hart fired back, "You're completely ignorant."

In response to other users who saw Hart's video as a negative, he cited his firm belief in upholding his Second Amendment rights.

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