This Viral Video Of A 4-Year-Old Boy Handling A Gun Caused A Huge Uproar Online

Gun control is a hotly debated issue in America and one that is sure to make the comments section on any video or article go absolutely insane.

In fact, people feel so passionately about the issue that some have gone so far to concoct conspiracy theories stating the victims of school shootings are “crisis actors” or they make up the “true origins” of shooters.

One point that a lot of gun control proponents bring up is the fact that the number of toddlers who kill and are killed by guns in American every year is ridiculously high: higher in 2015-2017, for example, than the number of people who were killed by acts of terrorism in the US.

So you can only imagine the online fury that was created after this video of 4-year-old Maverick cocking and pulling the trigger of a rifle at an NRA convention went viral.

The child was approached by huntress and outdoorswoman Kendall Jones who asked the young boy to show her what he can do with the gun. He then demonstrates his understanding and ability to engage the gun’s bolt and trigger mechanism, then unloads and loads the rifle’s magazine.

“That is adorable,” Jones says at the end of the video clip she posted on her Twitter account.

Kendall’s video of Maverick was posted with the caption, “This video is INCREDIBLE! Parenting done RIGHT.”

And there were a bunch of people who agreed with her and praised the 4-year-old’s parent’s decision to bring him to an NRA convention.

But there was an overwhelmingly negative response to Jones’ tweet – many of them from self-proclaimed gun enthusiasts and firearm owners themselves.

Many said that the child was treating the gun as a toy and wasn’t taught the proper way to handle or respect a firearm by his parents at all.

Others felt that there was a clear double-standard when it came to the young boy handling this gun, and that it was disturbing that he viewed handling the firearm like it’s a game.

Some thought that video was sending a dangerous message to children and couldn’t believe that the tenets of the NRA shifted away from gun safety.

It’s rare that a “pro-gun” video receives criticism from those who are pro gun ownership, but both “Libs” and “Cons” seemed to be on the same page with a 4-year-old demonstrating a lack of respect for guns and encouragement by adults for doing so.

What do you think?

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Woman Orders 'Puffer' Jacket Online And It Wasn't What She Expected

You don’t always get what you want when you order something online. Just ask these people. And Twitter user Becky Latham from the United Kingdom may be the latest victim of inaccurate photos, after she decided to order an Urban Outfitters jacket. 

Here’s the jacket in question, which looked like a bargain considering it was on sale for £55 ($ 77). 

Actually, maybe not. Here’s what she got…

Though some people saw it as an investment. 

Others thought it was pretty retro. 

This isn’t the first time someone has regretted buying something online. This woman fell into the same trap as Latham. 

While others didn’t seem to take much notice of the dimensions. 

At least it fits the cat. 

This is just not accurate at all. 

Always read before you buy. 

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These Women Played Hilarious Pranks On Men Who Creeped Them Online

It seems like there’s no way to stop men as a group from sending unsolicited pics or requesting nudes from women they barely know, but many ladies are taking them on one by one. Anyone faced with online or IRL harassment has strategies for avoiding difficult situations with creepers. Some are merely for safety, but some are also for kicks. If men won’t leave us alone, we should at least get to have some fun. 

Here are some of the creative ways women have figured out how to deal with the weirdoes who won’t take no for an answer—or who don’t even bother asking first.

Or try my favorite move of all: say no, and then block. Extremely satisfying.

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Unsettling Footage Of Kidnapped Man Forced To Marry Despite Crying Emerges Online

Vinod Kumar attended a friend’s wedding and it turned into a nightmare. The  29-year-old Indian man was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into a marriage with a woman he had never met. Kumar is seen on a video sobbing as he is forced to participate in the wedding. 

A local news station reports the family of the “bride” can be heard on the video, saying:

We are only performing your wedding, not hanging you.

As shocking as this story seems, kidnapping men and forcing them into marriage is not as uncommon as one would think. In poor areas like western Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, families cannot afford dowries. 

In 2016 there were a reported 3,000 men kidnapped and forced into marriage.

These marriages, known as pakadua vivah, are often not annulled and the brides may also suffer while forced to live with a family and angry husband who resent their presence.  

Police said Kumar was freed from the village where he was being held and they are investigating the kidnapping.

The video outraged people:

They were angry for both the man and the woman:

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Questionable Photos Of Lewis Hamilton Emerge Online After Transphobic Statement

Lewis Hamilton is someone I had never heard of in my life before he was getting raked over the coals for shaming his nephew on Instagram. 

That’s because he’s British and races cars, which are two things I have no connection to. I do, however, hate when people are mean to kids, especially when the kids are just having an innocent good time. 

Hamilton has deleted the video that sparked the initial controversy, but it’s been captured for posterity online. In it, he yells at his nephew for asking for a princess dress for Christmas. The boy seems to be having fun, and giggles shyly when his uncle turns the camera on him. 

It’s hard to know if he is damaged by this interaction, but it kinda sucks that Hamilton is working out his gender issues on a kid for no reason. Yelling at someone won’t make them not want the princess dress; it’ll only make them feel bad about it. 

Hamilton has since apologized, but many people think it’s too little too late.

So they’ve brought out the big guns—the photos of Hamilton in his own ridiculous outfits.

Now I know four things about Hamilton. He’s British, he races cars, he is kinda homophobic, and he’s a godawful dresser. Which everyone on Twitter is having fun pointing out:

Other users just blasted Hamilton in general. 

Look, I don’t care what Lewis Hamilton wears anymore than I care if a boy wants to wear a dress. Even if he does look like a big tasteless doof. 

Leave the kids alone, ya doof. 

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Woman Captures Instance Of Catcalling On Video During A Walk–Uploads Online For All To See

A woman in Kallangur, Australia, has been getting harassed by the same old creep for months, and finally decide to do something about it.

While her husband waited on a street corner, she walked by the neighborhood lech, knowing he would likely give her a hard time again. She had her camera ready, according to the Daily Mail, who spoke with the unidentified woman after footage of the altercation went viral.

As she walks by him, the man seems to say, “Nice set of boobs you’ve got,” seemingly out of nowhere.

At that she turns and tells him she just recorded him talking about her breasts, and he suddenly tries to act like they’re having a  normal conversation.

“How are you?” he asks. “Good? Your husband’s on the corner, isn’t he?”

“I just videoed you saying that, d***head,” she responds.

“Oh, sorry,” he says. 

“I’m going to take it to the police. K**bhead,” she says. In text it looks angrier than when she actually says it. She sounds nervous and uncomfortable to be confronting the guy who has been harassing her.

And that’s what she told the Daily Mail, saying it was extremely difficult to film him.

“I was shaking. I’m not a soft person,” she said. “I couldn’t even speak properly. You could tell in my voice I was really nervous. I was frightened.”

“He was so stupid he didn’t realise I was videoing him,” she added. “It’s worse that he’s an older man and you’d think that he’d know better. You’d expect a 12-year-old child to say something silly like that.”

The woman’s husband wrote a post on Facebook, according to Indy 100, saying that if other women recognize this guy they should come forward.

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Deceased Hollywood Star's Sexual Harrassment Allegations From 1945 Re-Emerge Online

The fallout from Harvey Weinstein’s innumerable sexual assault allegations has led to a powerful cultural movement. Women in every industry are drawing attention to their histories of sexual harassment and finally being given a microphone to call out instances of predatory behavior by powerful men.

While we’re finally beginning to recognize the deeply pervasive nature of this type of abuse, especially in Hollywood, it’s important to realize that it has always been present. Though we’ve at last begun to call it out, women have been sexually mistreated by their professional superiors for as long as they’ve been a part of the workforce.

Recently, this unearthed allegation from 1945 by actress Maureen O’Hara has gone viral:

Sadly, her words still resonate today…

In 2014, before her death, O’Hara spoke to The Daily Telegraph about how refusing to give in to advances from studio heads harmed her career:

O’Hara is best remembered for her roles in How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and The Quiet Man (1952). In the last of those roles, opposite John Wayne, many thought she should have been nominated for an Academy Award, but she believes director John Ford, who was obsessed with her in an unhealthy fashion (even going so far as to break into her home and go through her belongings), waged a behind-closed-doors war to deny her a nomination.

Twitter stood in solidarity with O’Hara…

E.B. is torn:

Some on Twitter shared stories from their own relatives…

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Photo Of Starbucks' New Holiday Season Cups Appears Online

It’s mid-October, and you know what that means: it’s time for companies to start preparing for Christmas!  

One such company, Starbucks Coffee, courts controversy every year  with their Holiday Cups – no matter how “Holiday” themed they turn out to be. Past cups have ranged from plain red, to wintery nature scenes, to open references to Christmas. 

This year, well before the big unveiling, a Starbucks employee leaked the holiday cup design on Reddit:

In 2015, Starbucks’ plain red cup led to a boycott from evangelical Christians who believed the company “hated Jesus.” It seems they’ve taken steps to avoid that scenario by including a whimsical Christmas tree and gifts on this cup. Good luck with that.

I mean, certainly someone will be offended by this design…

The mockery was swift…

Some are comparing the design to some familiar stories…

It’s also possible, of course, that this isn’t Starbucks’ only design. Last year, they crowd-sourced 13 designs from 13 different women, 6 of whom were from other countries. Perhaps we’ve finally reached a point, as a  species, where one of these designs will allow us to order a coffee (or not) and go on with our lives without being outraged. 

Ya think?

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Man’s Sarcastic Last Words Before Being Hanged Emerge Online, And People Can’t Even

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Man’s Sarcastic Last Words Before Being Hanged Emerge Online, And People Can’t Even

Daniel Summers, self-described “medicine & health columnist” and “cranky pediatrician,” recently found religion.

He found his patron saint, anyway:

Twitter

Here’s Klaas Meijer’s original tweet:

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A little history lesson, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Thomas de Mahy, marquis de Favras (March 26, 1744 – February 19, 1790) was a French aristocrat and supporter of the House of Bourbon during the French Revolution. Often seen as a martyr of the Royalist cause, Favras was executed for his part in planning against the people of France and is known for saying ‘I see that you have made three spelling mistakes’ upon reading his death certificate.

Ring any bells? No?

Well, old Thomas got some newfound respect on Twitter, because spelling is serious business:

Summers chimed back in:

And Twitter learned about another badass:

Summers heard from the “well, actually” crowd:

So he clarified his intentions:

And he summed up the unexpectedly epic thread nicely:

Maybe Thomas wasn’t such a great guy IRL, but for spelling geeks? He’s our jam.

H/T: WikipediaTwitter

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Side-By-Side Satellite Images Of Hurricanes Katrina And Harvey Emerge Online

As Hurricane Harvey continues to batter the eastern coast of Texas, people are comparing it to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated a large swath of the Gulf Coast in 2005.

MSNBC tweeted a photo Friday afternoon, before the hurricane hit Texas, featuring a side-by-side comparison of the two storms:

After the tweet, the eye of the storm became more fully defined, and was upgraded from a category 3 to a category 4. Katrina started as a category 5 before being downgraded to a 3.

And we will never forget the devastation Katrina caused:

Good Morning America had an expert explain the similarities between the two hurricanes:

As of Saturday afternoon, Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the worst may be yet to come. While the hurricane is already blamed for at least one death, the expected torrential downpours and subsequent flooding are set to create widespread havoc for much of inland Texas over the next several days. 

Twitter made sure everyone knew the potential danger Harvey posed:

As Katrina was for the Bush presidency, Harvey may be a defining moment for President Trump. The nation waits to see how he responds, and what kind of toll Harvey takes. 

H/T: Twitter, ABC News, YouTube

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