Former NFL placekicker Jay Feely is a loving dad. He also has a sense of humor. And both those realities are a little more than America’s current, hyper-politicized culture can take right now. Given that it’s late April, that means prom season is in full swing at high schools around the country. That would include the school of Feely’s daughter.
The confluence of these factors led to a pretty funny picture Feely posed for with his daughter and her date, which the former NFL star posted to social media:
The Dad-with-a-shotgun-when-the-boy-comes-to-take-his-daughter-out thing has been around for ages. But that was before the era of perpetual offense where everyone feels obligated to find someone else’s parade to rain all over. And like clockwork, gun confiscation advocates went ballistic.
Shannon Watts: “Oh yay – Amerian dads have kicked off the season of ‘let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for (sic) impugning her chastity” pics.”
Shannon is a blast at parties. But then there was the first response thread under Feely’s original Twitter post that seemed to hit all the right social justice themes:
Wayenin: “Let’s see…Daddy poses for a photo by standing between daughter and her date, while holding a hand gun!? The clear message is what? That you own a gun? You make a strong case that MANY GUN OWNERS SHOULD NOT OWN A GUN!! Totally irresponsible.”
Anita Napp: “He is also apparently sending a message that he owns his daughter, and this kid better not trespass on his ‘property.’”
Becca: “Not just that, but also that the daughter can’t make choices for herself. Wrong for so many reasons.”
Sometimes it’s really hard to imagine being so humorless, so obsessed with political posturing that something like this – something that judging by their faces the two kids were enjoying – gets you worked into a lather.
Obviously the dynamic would change if Feely wasn’t responsibly handling the gun. But his finger isn’t on the trigger, he is pointing it downward and treating the gun as if it is loaded – proper handling.
So apparently the only reason we are to be outraged by this Feely photo is that it glorifies violence. Coming from the same folks who find humor in decapitation photographs of President Trump, forgive me for not finding their objections overly credible.