Parents arrested for videoing 1 y.o. with gun in his mouth

An Indiana couple was arrested after police found a video of their one-year-old child playing with a handgun, and the parents urging the young boy along.

“Bang, bang, bang — shoot that thang,” you hear the father say as his son puts the barrel of the gun into his mouth.

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The cops found the video after the father was arrested for illegally trying to sell a firearm. Reportedly the father also has a warrant out against him for armed robbery.

As a gay man, it’s always amazed me how people on the far right can talk about gays being a threat to kids, while these same folks on the far right tend to be big fans of guns.

Now who’s the threat to kids?


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18 Responses to “Parents arrested for videoing 1 y.o. with gun in his mouth”

  1. lynchie says:

    as well as screens on hetero marriage.

  2. Duke Woolworth says:

    Do you understand irony? Loosen up. I don’t like this any more than you do.

  3. kurtsteinbach says:

    I was making a moral and ethical connection. Morally, being a bystander is nearly as bad as being a perpetrator. An old lesson that humanity has still failed to learn, it comes from the Holocaust. Thou shalt not be a bystander. Most people do not understand why. I try to teach my adolescent students why you shouldn’t be a bystander. Is it any wonder that police, half of whom have little education beyond high school, don’t get it either. I understand the legal perspective you’re coming from. I was coming from a moral/ethical perspective. Considering the NRA gun nuts fail to understand the Constitutional perspective, I thought I’d try something different. . . .

  4. BeccaM says:

    It is the duty of cops to report crimes, no matter who is committing them. That makes them complicit bystanders as well as derelict in doing their jobs. If they assist in the concealment of a crime, such as by providing false statements, that’s misprison of felony, a pretty serious crime in itself.

  5. kurtsteinbach says:

    When good cops don’t speak out about the bad cops and denounce then, that makes the good cops, bystanders. . . .

  6. kurtsteinbach says:

    It’s not like the kid accidentally found the gun and put it in his mouth. The kid put the gun in his mouth; the parents didn’t stop it, and even worse, the parents were recording the whole thing while the kid put the gun in his mouth. What are you, stupid? It’s called endangering a minor. It’s a felony. . . .

  7. Duke Woolworth says:

    Little kids’ll put anything in their mouths. What’s the big deal? Unless it’s loaded, of course. How do ya load a carrot?

  8. Max_1 says:

    Guns: Americans more likely to be Shot by Toddler than by Terrorist
    http://www.juancole.com/2015/01/americans-toddler-terrorist.html

    So, where’s the war on toddler terrorists?

  9. White&Blue says:

    The NRA insists that gun owners are responsible and then we see this. The argument is really losing ground.

  10. Naja pallida says:

    Ammosexuals are a threat to everyone around them.

  11. BeccaM says:

    Absolutely. But for example, take your friends there, in favor of universal background checks and assault weapons bans. Let’s posit a hypothetical bill in Congress to do exactly those things. The NRA spins it as a universal weapons confiscation bill…and then your friends write their Congressweasels expressing strong opposition to the bill and send more money to the NRA. Even though the bill supposedly contains what they want, but they let themselves be fear-mongered yet again.

    All I’m saying is the responsibility for standing in the way of change goes all the way down. Just because someone else is doing the propagandizing doesn’t absolve everyone for falling for it.

  12. Houndentenor says:

    I think there are two main issues here:

    1) The NRA is now the lobbying organization for gun manufacturers, not gun owners.

    2) The NRA and others use fear tactics and outright lies to manipulate gun owners into thinking that any gun legislation is an incremental attempt to ban all guns. Yes, there are people who would support that but they are a tiny minority and have no political clout, even among Democrats. It’s just not going to happen.

    This is why background checks, which even the majority of gun owners support cannot get passed in Congress. Once again the corporate interests get whatever they want no matter the cost to citizens. And we allow this.

  13. Venstreorienteret says:

    It is clear heterosexuals should not be allowed to raise children. (sarcasm)

  14. BeccaM says:

    In some ways, the situation is like it is with the police: There are good cops out there and bad ones. Unfortunately, many of the good ones don’t seem to want the bad ones to be held accountable for anything….which then moves them, in my opinion, into the ‘bad’ column, albeit in a passive (but still responsible) role.

    It’s the same deal with gun owners. There are the criminally irresponsible ones like these parents here, quite literally training a baby that gun barrels belong in the mouth, after which you’re supposed to pull the trigger. But then we have so-called ‘responsible’ gun owners who stand in the way of laws and regs to put at least a little bit of burden on people to prove they actually are responsible. Put simply, a person doesn’t have to be a felon or a clinically-diagnosed crazy person to be unfit to own firearms.

    Or, as I’ve said many times, it’s great when someone’s a responsible gun owner. Hell, I try to be one myself. Unfortunately, being a responsible gun owner is almost entirely voluntary.

  15. Tor says:

    What could possibly go wrong?

  16. milli2 says:

    This country needs fewer guns and much much much more birth control.

  17. Houndentenor says:

    I have a lot of relatives who are gun owners. They are all very safety-conscious about their firearms and would be as horrified by this image as everyone else. They are also for assault weapons bans and universal background checks. Unfortunately they have bought into the gun-lobby inspired paranoia that Obama is going to use an executive order to end all private gun ownership, which is insane but there’s no reasoning them out of that belief.

  18. heimaey says:

    What’s the big deal NRA? A kid’s gotta learn sometime.

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