Footage of a father teaching his 4-year-old daughter how to shoot a gun at a range has sparked controversy after going viral (video below).
In the clip, Florida gun builder Buck Holly can be seen teaching his daughter Noah how to fire several shots.
"Oh! Three for three," the father exclaims after Noah's third shot.
The short clip quickly went viral, with some saying they had a problem with the child being taught how to operate a firearm at such a young age.
"I'm all for teaching kids to be safe with guns and to know how to behave around them, but if they're too young to eve hold the gun properly then they're too young to shoot it in my opinion," one viewer commented, Daily Mail reported. "Yes, he's teaching her the right things, but if something goes wrong and the gun kicks or misfires and she's not holding it right because she's so small."
Holly defended his video in an interview with Daily Mail.
"I would invite each and every one of [my critics] to come to the range with me and my family and participate in it. See how things really happen. They got to see a 30 second snippet of a little girl shooting. What they don't see is the preparation that goes into it. They don't see her asking and begging for more ammo. So I would tell my critics, feel free to criticize me. That's our lifestyle. But before you criticize, come and try it and experience it for yourself," he said.
Despite the controversy, many applauded Holly for teaching his daughter something they felt was useful and necessary.
"News flash they used to teach firearm safety in school. And other useful things. Unlike today like deciding what gender you are and women's studies that'll be useful in life," one Mad World News reader commented on the site's Facebook page. "We had wood shop sewing class cooking class and girls and boys would switch off on these classes so everyone learn basic skills of cooking sewing and working with wood useful things. But now we have liberal education circling the drain."
"Yes by all means teach your children some means of defense! What is someone came into their home and the child had to defend themselves and you wasn't around to do it? I watch on a daily basis children who don't even know enough not to run in front of cars because someone hasn't taught them to have any confidence in taking care of themselves they are so protected they are at risk of being a victim at all times," another added.
"Do not send you child into the world without being self reliant for goodness sake! My father taught us and within a year of leaving home at twenty years of age I stopped a man in his tracks trying to get in my home while I was alone with a simple 410 pointed right at his head. He left and never returned. He also had someone outside waiting and watching in a car. I shiver every time I think of what might have happened if I hadn't had that gun at the ready and a willingness to use it if need be."