Why would a St. Albans, Australia father risk giving his toddler a big loaded gun, then capture her holding it — just for a mere Facebook profile photo?
The 29-year-old unidentified father’s shocking photo has mouths gaping open in disbelief, especially those of police officials, in the land down under. The picture of the little girl holding the silver handgun with visible bullets in its gun chamber was unearthed Thursday during a police raid of the dad’s property.
Law enforcement had been investigating the suspect for over two months in connection to an armed robbery case and he was prohibited from possessing firearms.
The accused was charged with five firearm offences, including a prohibited person possessing an unregistered gun, possessing unregistered handgun and possessing a silencer, which reduces the sound of gunshots. He also had prior arrests, included kidnapping and endangerment charges.
Taskforce Echo in partnership with the Australian Federal Police, who investigate the criminal goings-on of outlaw motorcycle gangs, believe that the suspect is a member of the Rebels, one of the country’s most dangerous biker groups.
Meanwhile shockwaves have spread throughout the country with regards to the now publicized Facebook photo of the little girl holding the loaded gun.
Joe Tucci, chief executive officer of the Australian Childhood Foundation told the Herald Sun, that the photo of the child with the gun was irresponsible and normalized something very dangerous to a child:
It’s blurring the line between fantasy and reality. The child may think it is a toy gun to play with. But it is a gun to be used for violence. It is not a game unless it is treated like a game. She might be frightened by it and she will live with it for a long time. It places her in immediate danger.
Readers, what are the most inappropriate photos you’ve seen posted on Facebook?