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A video posted by Viral Hog is, well – going viral, and so are the responses to the unique family fun featured in it.

“I was practicing drawing from holster and dry fire drills and she decided to join in,” the dad said of the video.

As he was practicing in their family home, this hands-on daddy thought taking a video of the adorable (and educational) bonding experience he and his daughter were enjoying would be cute. And it really is…

Melody Lauer of Ballistic Radio and director of training for Citizens Defense Research said she hopes the video will begin a conversation on why guns should be introduced to children at a young age and kids need to be properly educated.

“To people who don’t understand firearms, seeing a video of a child seemingly ‘playing’ with a gun can be alarming, and if done negligently or carelessly, it can be devastating,” Lauer said. “What they are not seeing in this video, however, is the care with which the father is going through to positively educate that child on the tenets of safe firearms handling. Her gun is a inert training aid. He instructs her on where she should and should not point it. He also models this good behavior for her by being consistent in his own handling in the video.”

Lauer, who teaches a Contextual Handgun Course for Armed Parents/Guardians, went on to say, “Studies have shown us that early education and positive exposure to firearms reduces the risk of firearms-related accidents in children. If this family is going to have a gun in their home—as clearly they do—this father is doing is the most responsible thing for his child by educating her and modeling positive gun handling for her.”

But leave it to the internet to take a touching moment and lose their minds over it:

Ben Wiskin Give the kid 18 years and he’ll be murdering black folks while wearing a badge and carrying handcuffs

Philip Malone Who the fuck does this, oh wait americans.. no wonder you have gun massacres in elementary

Gareth Hughes Another dickless ammosexual who feels the need to introduce an infant A FUCKING INFANT to weapons…..

Linda Bale Dad would be in so much trouble if this was mine.

Russell Deller Exhibiting complete stupidity. When we were kids we played cowboys and soldiers and watched cowboys and soldiers in movies and on tv along with detective shows never realizing how it would have an effect on human behavior in the future. Play serves good purposes but safe play should consider mental as well as physical side effects.

michael cook3 You have a better chance of being killed by an armed toddler, than being killed terrorist in the US.
Jennifer Sands Teaching a baby to play with a gun, please make sure your real ones are locked up tight
Thankfully, the outpouring of praise and a flood of similar memories are washing over the ignorant gun control rhetoric:
Jennifer Bowling When I was a kid there was two things in this world you knew not to touch one was the gun in the hallway and the pie on the counter
Erica Gandy Paddock Hey teach them young. I started talking to my son about guns when he was about 3. I think seeing them and learning about them and what they do takes away the mystery. Therefore they don’t go poking around looking for them and at them. He knows what to do here at home or at a friends home when they ask or talk about looking at guns.
Bronwen Cromwell Taught right from a young age takes the intrigue out of firearms.
Carl McClaflin Outstanding teaching firearm safety and proper handling.
Andre Hede My 2 year old does almost the same thing.
Mike Rupe Teaching the handling of firearms safety cannot start too early. Good job Dad.
Tim Doubravagives a whole new meaning to having a loaded diaper………
What say you? Is this the most adorable father/daughter bonding video or is this dad being irresponsible?