Man jailed for making daughter fire handgun, pointing firearm at her and pretending to shoot her
The shocking footage shows the young child holding a large .45 caliber gun in her small hands as a voice behind the camera says 'go, go, go'.
A gun-loving father who forced his four-year-old daughter to shoot a handgun has now been put behind bars for almost three years. The shocking footage shows the young child holding a large .45 caliber gun in her small hands as a voice behind the camera says "go, go, go" before then telling the toddler to "kick back, come on you know what to do".
The girl can be heard laughing as she gives the gun back to her father saying "your turn, your turn" before the father pretends to fire the handgun at the toddler. The weapon wasn't loaded but the girl pretends to play dead after that.
Channel 9 reported that the 33-year-old father from Sydney, Australia, was arrested and the footage seized and analyzed by authorities after he was pulled over for a routine breathalyzer test in 2017. The sentencing of two years and eight months in jail came after several photos were found on his phone where he was seen posing with the illegal weapons.
Ahmed Dib, his lawyer, told the news station that the young father had made a "foolish" decision. He said: "He accepts that that was the wrong approach as a father and he shouldn't be teaching her those type of things."
When the initial investigation took place, NSW Police commissioner Mark Murdoch said that "allowing a child to play with a firearm of any kind is reprehensible and a serious criminal offense."
Gun control lobbyists have also slammed the father's actions and said that people often think that guns are not loaded when they actually are and this could have ended in a tragedy. Charles Watson from Gun Control Australia said: "It introduces them to the idea that guns can actually be considered as toys."