posted on Aug, 24 2013 @ 11:47 AM
reply to post by seabhac-rua
No, she's not harming anyone. And if you took the time to read my first post, you would notice that I actually said she did not deserve prosecution
for this. It's a staged photo, not a crime.
When a five-year-old plays with a toy gun, he does so because the toy gun is a prop to his imagination. He is playing like the people he sees on TV
and in movies. He does not harbor ill will toward anyone by playing this way... if he understood the implications of actual guns, he certainly
wouldn't ask an adult to shoot him!
In this photo, this is not a five-year-old. This girl is what? 14, 15, 16? How old is the baby? Less than a year I would presume. The girl has the
understanding of the emotional response she is eliciting from viewers; the baby has no concept of why this thing is suddenly in its face. In addition,
the girl is in total and complete physical custody of the baby. At this age, she should understand what a real gun is and have some working knowledge
of how to use it. And a gun is not a toy!
If this is a prop for her imagination as a the gun in your example is for the five-year-old, I reserve the right to change my opinion and state that
she is a danger to society and should be institutionalized immediately and permanently!
I don't think that is the case, however. This is not a kid playing "bang-bang"... this is a young girl who is evoking a response from others by
staging what she understand would be a horrific scenario had the gun been real; I believe the point is to evoke that response in some sort of
(misguided) attempt to gain popularity. I could perhaps understand the photo and the reasoning behind it had there been some sort of caption, but
failing that it shows a girl who is extremely irresponsible and immature for her age, and who is in desperate need of some amount of education as to
what is and is not appropriate. She is the person in charge in this situation; she is holding and therefore responsible for the baby. And please do
not give me the "other society" excuse again... is it considered appropriate in Argentina to shoot babies? If not, this is inappropriate. Did she
post it exclusively in Argentina? If not, then its appropriateness is determined by the society in which she posted it.
So no, she is not committing a crime, but neither is she acting appropriately based on the pictorial context, her age, and the age of the baby.