Gun violence has been a hot topic in the media in recent years. Perhaps it has to do with the ridiculous number of innocent lives lost due to gun-related accidents in the US. According to The Washington Post, “more than 210,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine.” So it’s baffling just how people can think that this footage of a four-year-old child pumping a gun and pulling the trigger is OK. There is NOTHING OK about this At all.
The footage shows young ‘Maverick’ appearing to play with a gun on display at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas. The little one is approached by Kendall Jones, who according to her website, is a “Texas raised hunter, cheerleader, and Texas tech Alumna.” Raised “in the outdoors as a huntress,” Jones is often remembered for images of herself next to her many ‘kills’ and is unapologetic about her hunting. She currently holds the record for the youngest person to harvest the Africa Big Five, which includes killing a white rhino, lion, cape buffalo, leopard and an African elephant.