Carey Hart Is Getting Flak for Letting His & Pink’s Daughter Shoot a Gun

Carey Hart, motocross racer and (perhaps more important) husband of Pink, isn’t afraid to stir up some controversy on social media over his parenting styles. The most recent example? An Instagram video of Pink’s husband teaching their daughter to shoot a rifle. And let the comments begin.

“Haven’t poked the parent police bear in a few days,” Hart captioned the post, which shows 7-year-old Willow shooting at a target. “Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old. For the record non [sic] of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I’m raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands. #knowledgeispower.”

In the video, Willow asks her dad if she can shoot and then clarifies a second time by confirming that the safety is on. Predictably, the comments ran the gamut — with some people emphasizing the importance of teaching kids to shoot responsibly and others questioning why a parent would ever put a rifle in a child’s hands at all. One commenter pointed out that Willow could easily lose control and shoot her father (to which Hart responded, “You’re completely ignorant.”)

Last month, Hart faced similar social media criticism after posting a photo of himself and the couple’s 1-year-old son, Jameson, posing on a dirt bike. Although the most recent video of Willow does show a child who is being taught to shoot in the safest manner possible, the fact still remains that the mere presence of guns and rifles in the home can put children at greater risk for accidental shootings and suicides.

Willow was certainly under her dad’s watchful eye while she was working on her shooting skills, but in the absence of a comment about how Pink and Hart secure the family’s firearms when it’s not time to train, it’s understandable that this particular post is getting pushback. And in a country where millions of parents have lost their children in either deliberate or accidental shootings, there are perhaps better ways to “poke the parent police,” no?

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