A video from kid YouTube star Autumn Fry went viral this week, and everyone is freaking out.
The video itself isn’t new. It was released in 2020 on Fry’s Odysse channel, Autumn’s Armory, and shows the girl firing a semi-automatic handgun in each hand. It was recently re-posted on a Twitter page, LiVe2DaNceATL, and it has garnered 2.5 million views in less than a week.
“Say what you want, but she’ll be nobody’s victim,” said the page’s owner, TheBigDave.
Say what you want, but— TheBigDave (@LiVe2DaNceATL) October 1, 2021
She’ll be nobody’s victim.
As you can imagine, the Internet has weighed in. Some condemn Fry’s video as “child abuse,” and others claim Fry has a “sick” look on her face. Journalists at Newsweek were so concerned they published an entire article on the video.
Child abuse— Lesley (@GalaOfWonder) October 2, 2021
Not sure what I think about this video! I grew up around guns n handling them but their is a sick look on that childs face! Why?? Why so young???— LyndaLou (@LyndaLo93138644) October 2, 2021
This is scary & so sad. Childhood of shooting guns. American is built different. Love from 🇬🇧 but no thanks— Nakana (@Seraa) October 3, 2021
Gun control advocates also weighed in. One predicted that Fry would end up an “unintentional killer” rather than a victim and cited trumped-up stats about unintentional firearm deaths among children.
So far in 2020 there have been over 400— nd (@redaktorka) October 2, 2021
accidental shootings by children of friends and family. So chances this little girl won’t be a victim but instead an unintentional killer.
Others expressed support for Fry and her video.
Bravo!— Eh! What’s a tomato for you? (@WhatsATomato) October 2, 2021
Had my son shooting rifles at 9 years old. Now at 11, he is easily hitting targets 1.5 km away.
One hand shot game ELITE AF 👏🏾‼️ pic.twitter.com/7vA8MvWqYP— Woke & Bougie (@TheresOnly1Stef) October 2, 2021
In the video, Fry can be seen firing each gun in turn with what looks like a two-fingered trigger pull. She maintains control of both firearms while shooting, but when one of the handguns jams, she checks the breach, shrugs, and tosses it on the ground.
Tossing the handgun earned her a few additional comments. Some point out that she’s obviously doing it “for show” (the video was uploaded as an outtake to another video) while others worry about how it reflects on the rest of the 2A community.
I’m pro 2nd amendment but stuff like this is just a turn off. Teach kids to respect guns and gun safety. This is just nonsense and sends the wrong message. Just my opinion, no disrespect intended.— Disposable_Hero (@KnobberSlocker) October 2, 2021
She’s shooting safely with ear and eye protection & handling them properly, with a decent amount of skill for a kid. Obviously well taught. Ok, I wouldn’t have her toss the gun myself, but I’m sure that it was done for show. She looks like a boss!— Erik M (@estoguy13) October 4, 2021
This is a bit much. My father taught me about guns from a very young age. He taught me to respect them and taught me safety.— Politically Incorrect (@HaalyMG) October 2, 2021
This doesn’t look very safe.
I wouldn’t throw a weapon on the ground. Do that too many times or hit the wrong rock and she’ll be disarmed.— Brooks A. Mick, M.D. (@BearRight8) October 1, 2021
Videos of children shooting firearms go viral on a regular basis, and they always spark this kind of debate. In October of 2020, the husband of the pop star Pink got slammed on social media for posting images of his kids shooting firearms.
Fry’s father, Randy Fry, told Newsweek he set up his daughter’s social media accounts because “Autumn is an amazing little girl who is both a gun lover and a professional at handling them.”
“People who are Autumn’s age are the future of guns in America, and we hope that when other people see what Autumn can do, they will be inspired to at least give it a try themselves,” he said.