A video (below) of a 7-year-old shooting her first deer with her father and little brother went viral on Facebook, and it’s sparking some controversy.
The video stars young Lilly Klapper, daughter of Cody Klapper, an avid hunter who began teaching his children how to shoot from an early age. Lilly has been practicing since she was 5, according to KDFW.
When Cody decided his daughter was ready to shoot her first deer, he brought along a video camera to record the moment.
“We have a passion for the outdoors, and it was primarily intended to be for family and friends,” he told KDFW in December 2016. “But now that it has had 1.4 million views, I hope that it inspires other parents to get their children into the outdoors.”
The two-minute video shows Lily sitting in a hunting blind next to her father, her eye to the scope and her finger on the trigger of what her father describes as an “AR style rifle.” She waits patiently for a clear shot before finally pulling the trigger. When she realizes she’s hit the deer, her face lights up and her father is ecstatic.
The video was uploaded to Cody’s Facebook page and quickly went viral. The video went on to have more than 2.8 million views and has been shared more than 50,000 times.
In the description of the video, Cody recognizes that not everyone will approve of his daughter shooting a rifle.
“I respect and understand that this video may not be for everyone, if you think that you might be offended by this video that has my daughter shooting a deer with a modern hunting rifle please keep scrolling,” he wrote.
But despite Cody’s fears, the majority of the comments on the video have been positive, expressing support for his decision to teach his children how to shoot at a young age
Awesome job dad!” wrote one commenter. “That’s a super cool memory! Glad you got to capture it!”
“Great job!!” wrote another. “If everyone else would teach their children gun safety and proper use the world would be a much safer place!”
“I am no hunter, bleeding heart when it comes to animals actually…However, what an amazing memory she will share with her father!” wrote a third. “Not to mention the knowledge and respect she has for the gun. I wish more parents would teach their children patience and discipline like this.”
Still, as expected, others thought that the girl was too young to be doing this and that her parents shouldn’t allow it to happen in the first place, let alone film it