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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Girl Gets Fired From Her Job At Target After Prank Goes Viral

Pranks are the worst, but when executed correctly, they can get you a lot of attention. Bad attention.

Twitter user @Delilah810 found this out the hard way, after her “prank” on her best friend in the parking lot of a Target went viral. In it, she pushed that friend, who is sitting in a shopping cart, into a push. It looks pretty gnarly, but the friend was apparently unscathed:

They look like they’re having a blast, to be fair, but it’s a pretty dangerous thing to do. Darn, I sound old!

@Deliliah810’s tweet was doing pretty well already, but then she added an update:

Wow, no kidding.

She seems chill with it, though. Maybe because she’s managed to maintain her friendship, despite everything:

Though many of @Deliliah810’s fans are just run of the mill Twitter users who love a good parking lot disaster vid, there are also a wholllllle lotta people who work at or once worked at Target, too.

Man, if getting thrown into a push is what happens on a work day, what do Target employees get up to at a barbecue?

But there are plenty of people who are enjoying this story even if they have no personal association with Target.

It’s very meme-able:

And they’re loving her, no matter what she’s done:

Because they hate Target:

Don’t worry, there are plenty of other companies that could use @Delilah810’s skills:

Find your path and follow it!

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This Professor's Viral Tweets Explain Trump's Social Media Use

In the opinion of many, Donald Trump was able to win the election because of a carefully targeted social media campaign that focused on building a database of users and attacking those with ads and media, rather than focusing on pre-existing demographics.

By constantly vilifying Hillary Clinton, Trump managed to not only get people who liked and supported him to be mobilized to vote, but get a lot of voters who were on the fence to believe that anything would be better than voting for Hillary. To this day, I have family members who admit that they think Trump is an absolute moron and is unfit to be President, but that their hands were tied because Hillary was so evil they couldn’t vote for her.

As President, Trump hasn’t been able to do much aside from make headlines for erroneous, offensive, and borderline insane claims. When he does apologize for saying something wrong, he tends to sidestep the blame and place it on other sources, like the time he wrongly claimed an attack in Sweden was spearheaded by a Muslim immigrant. It wasn’t. So he said he wasn’t at fault because he saw it on Fox News.

Although Trump’s use of his Twitter account might seem like the ramblings of a mad uncle who trolls YouTube comments and parrots Alex Jones conspiracy theories, it turns out there may be a pretty brilliant strategy behind  his postings.

University of Berkeley Professor, George Lakoff, laid out Trump’s social media strategy after scrutinizing the President’s reactionary post patterns. Donald’s tweets, according to Lakoff, fall into one of four categories.

He provided examples of each and explains them in-depth.

According to this professor, almost all of the tactics employed by Trump are heavily rooted in deceit, lies, side-stepping issues or blaming them on others.

The first tactic, “pre-emptive framing” allows Trump to frame an argument that isn’t really rooted in fact or ends up making a mountain out of a mole-hill. An example of this would be Hillary Clinton’s housing of White House emails on a private server. Notice how Trump’s outrage at this practice stops at Clinton, as him and his administration are doing the same thing

Trump is able to get his message across after making such a bold claim because sites help disseminate his brazen idiocy. His supporters will inevitably come to Trump’s aid and vehemently attack anyone who attacks him fomenting an even greater hullabaloo over what he said. This theory suggests that Trump doesn’t care at the end of the day because, as the old saying goes: there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Unfortunately, the media turned him into the popularity monster, love him or hate him, that he eventually became.

Because we’re constantly talking about him, we’re legitimizing him as a figure. Doesn’t matter if we think he’s a joke, we’re still talking about him, usually more than anything or anyone else outside of our immediate relationships with family and friends.

Pointing out Trump’s flaws and lies are seen as attacks by his loyal fan base and in a way, justifies the false, pre-emptive narrative that there’s a “crusade” against him. “Mainstream Media” and “Fake News” can bring up all the valid, backed-up sources and evidence that they want, oftentimes bringing up Trump’s old quotes and footage to show his hypocrisy, but much of his fanbase ultimately sees these as “attacks” and give them more reason to back the president.

Lakoff points out that reacting to Trump in this way and taking the low-hanging fruit isn’t an effective means of discrediting him. By “stooping” down to his level, we’re legitimizing his medium of communication and are thus legitimizing him.

Instead, Lakoff thinks that Trump’s bold claims should be met with this appropriate response:

Instead, if us, as the media, focused on things that actually matter, like how our government is tearing apart at the seams and not this drama fomented by a blowhard, we’d be able to lay the groundwork for some meaningful change.

So Lakoff proposed a simple three step plan for journalists and news commentators to follow:

Simply don’t share what he writes, and you’ll immediately help to focus on what is actually important.

Or we could laugh at him because he has small hands and tweets nonsensical words like “covfefe.” What do you think?

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Blinking White Guy' From Viral Meme Goes On TV To Talk About What It Did To Him

You may not know Drew Scanlon by name, but you definitely know him by face if you’ve spent any time whatsoever online in 2017. Scanlon is a video and podcast producer for the website Giant Bomb, and though he was well-known in the gaming world, it was his incredulous expression that launched him into the Meme Hall of Fame.

The gif of Scanlon comes from a video he made for Giant Bomb over four years ago, according toMashable, where he’s listening to a man describe his virtual farming habits. The guy says he with his “hoe,” and it looks like Scanlon’s mind jumps right out of the farmyard.

But the gif of his blink didn’t get really popular until 2017. Perhaps because it’s now in so many situations:

The problem with memes of people, is that they keep existing and have to deal with everyone knowing their face. Scanlon went on Good Morning America to remind everyone that he is a human person who does more than blink, though that’s pretty much what he was reduced to again:

They even tried to get him to recreate it, but it’s not quite there:

Hey, he’s a producer, not an actor. Those blinks came from a real place and can’t be recreated.

“We don’t really have a way of communicating body language over the internet, with text or anything, and memes are kind of that,” says Scanlon. Guess he doesn’t resent it too much? Thanks for letting us use your face for what can’t be expressed in words. 

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John McCain Honors WWII Navajo Code Talkers In Viral Tweet–And Slams Trump In The Process

On Monday, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to honor the bravery of the Navajo code talkers, who served alongside U.S. Marines during World War II.

But even as he praised their service, Trump couldn’t help injecting politics into the mix, using the event to slam Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, whom he regularly refers to derogatorily as ‘Pocahontas’:

The backlash to Trump’s comment was fierce, but perhaps no one captured the outrage we felt at that moment better than Senator John McCain, whose tweet both honored the code talkers and slammed Trump for politicizing the moment:

And Twitter was clearly standing with McCain…

Some couldn’t help but recall that Trump himself has never served:

Robin felt that McCain could have gone further:

And Don felt Trump’s choice of backdrop for the ceremony was another intentional slight:

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Old 'Family Guy' Episode With Creepy Joke About Kevin Spacey Goes Viral

People who work in the industry or have friends who do, always hear these rumors about rich and powerful executives, actors, producers, directors, and the double lives in they lead.

McFarlane hinted at this during a 2013 Oscars joke.

Seth McFarlane somehow called Kevin Spacey’s alleged behavior way back in 2005 in this Family Guy clip that features a nude Stewie running through a clothing store, screaming about being trapped in Kevin Spacey’s basement.

Everyone was pretty much unanimous in decrying Spacey’s decision to come out as a “smokescreen” from the fact that he once allegedly attempted sexual advances on a minor.

Others were shocked at how well Spacey’s “ploy” is working.

While others were just shocked that Spacey would conflate an archaic stereotype of homosexuals “lusting” after young boys. 

There are tons of other people who’ve criticized the way Spacey came out. And as painful as it is for survivors like Rapp to come out and share their stories, it’s an important step in ensuring that inappropriate sexual advances are not tolerated, no matter how talented, rich, or powerful the individual.

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People Are Losing It Over This Viral NSFW Wedding Photo

A Dutch photographer name Michel Klooster has got everyone clutching their pearls with this very naughty wedding photo of a couple that just could not wait to get to the honeymoon suite. The image has gone viral because of the very convincing simulation of oral sex:

Klooster also took a shot of the same couple canoodling in the back of a car, but after that suggestive pic, it seems comparatively innocent:

Klooster toldThe Huffington Post that the image was not his idea at all. It was the mother of the bride’s concept.

“We were taking photos and she [told] me that they wanted that kind of picture, but the bride and groom didn’t dare ask me,” he wrote to them in a Facebook message. “Then I just said, ‘Of course, we are gonna do it.’ So I suggested where they need to stand for the right vibe!”

There has been something of an outcry from people who think Klooster and his naughty pic are what’s wrong with the world today, but he thinks everyone’s got their panties in a twist over nothing.

“You see nothing in this picture, but it looks like something is going on there,” he said. “Every picture you’ll take with that kind of question is interesting to watch. For me, sex is one of the most natural things we do in life. It’s normal! Everyone does it. We don’t live in the 1900s anymore.”

He added that, “there are bigger problems in the world than this funny picture.” Also, though there are a fair number of people who don’t like it, a whole bunch do. Klooster says he’s been contacted by lots of couples who want him to shoot their wedding, and a few other scenarios.

“If it’s not porn, I don’t have any problems with that,” he said.

Do you think the picture is pure smut? Or do you agree with Klooster that it’s harmless fun?

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Teacher's Trick To Make Girls Getting Their Periods In School Comfortable Goes Viral

A middle school teacher figured out an awesome way to help her students deal with getting an unexpected visit from the menstruation fairy, and wrote a post about her method on Facebook that went viral for its inspirationally easy trick.

“I have been doing this for a little bit now,” the post says. “I use my old ipsy make up bags and make “menstruation care packs” for my students who start their periods unexpectedly. In middle school this happens A LOT. I put a few pads in the bag and a couple tampons and panty liners, and I also add a few prewrapped disposable wipes. The students know that they can come ask, and they get a really pretty bag with their needed supplies inside. It’s discreet and more fun that being handed a giant pad. I make sure to tell them to take as much as they may need for the whole day. I make a point to ask if they need more to take home.”

The post was shared on Facebook over 10,000 times, and has inspired some teachers and parents to follow suit. Like this adorable grandpa: “Me be male, and not need such items, however, I do have a daughter (and 2 granddaughters) that have seen those days. I had to deal with the fluctuating hormones though! I will be putting together some of these “care” packages, and giving them to teachers in my area!” (He’s not sure what an Ipsy bag is, though—y’all, it’s a cheap makeup bag that comes every month as part of Ipsy, a makeup subscription box).

It’s a great reminder that young girls getting their periods doesn’t have to be a big dramatic thing or a source of embarrassment—it can be a normalized part of their day, as long as they’re set up for that.

After all, getting your period sucks enough as it is without worrying that you don’t have a pad or tampon available.

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Student Snaps A Viral Photo Of Her Classmate With A Racist Pep Rally Sign

In a Facebook post that was shared over 3,000 times, a Hispanic teen shared an image of several of her classmates at a pep rally, one holding up a sign that read, “Put the panic back in Hispanic.” Another held a Trump campaign flag. Pep rallies are sure different than they were when I was a teen, huh?

“This happened yesterday at our school pep rally,” wrote the teen, Jennifer Lopez Vazquez. “They know it’s Hispanic Month. That’s very disrespectful in so my ways. But it’s funny to think that our school thinks it ‘OKAY’ this is Honestly what white trash looks like.”

The original caption on image, which was posted on Instagram by one of the teens in the photo, read, “Put the Panic back in Hispanic. #dontgetButthurt I’m honestly not gonna care if you do anyways so!! #sorryboutit.”

She might be sorry now, though. Since the photo has gone viral, local newspapers have picked up the story, and school administrators are investigating the behavior. 

“We are aware of a photo that appears to be taken at a Robertsdale High School football pep rally Friday Sept. 15 that is circulating on social media containing political banners and unacceptable language,” said the school’s superintendent in a statement. “School administrators, as well as my office, are following up on the matter.”

Basically: yikes. Also, high school students, you’re too young and under-developed to start experimenting with edgy “comedy.” (Like, what is the joke here, exactly?) Save it for the professionals.

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This College Student Went Viral For Having A Last Name That's Hard To Wedding Hashtag

Fear of not being able to have an adorable wedding hashtag is real, and the sum of those fears is here. I present: college student Steven Kleinschmidt. 

Kleinschmidt joins me and many other cursed souls in having a last name that doesn’t exactly conjure romance.

But other Twitter users started thinking up some actually ingenious hashtags. 

Including lots of “smitten” puns, which Kleinschmidt told BuzzFeed were his favorite. “Everything else was clever but nothing you’d ever really use for a wedding hashtag,” he said. 

What, Steven, you don’t think these would make good wedding hashtags? 

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