Montgomery shooting complex defends Facebook post showing a baby holding a gun

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CNN) – An Alabama shooting complex’s Facebook photo has gone viral for all the wrong reasons, and now the complex that posted the picture of a baby surrounded by guns is defending its decision.

It’s a controversial topic to begin with – guns and what rights and regulations should come with them.

The Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex allows people to exercise their right to bear arms, and to come shoot at their range.

But did they go too far when they posted a picture of their Facebook page that shows a baby holding a handgun surrounded by long guns?

“Primarily here at Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex, we promote firearm safety, so in order to stimulate a little dialogue, we put a controversial picture in effort to get people’s feedback and get some awareness about that topic,” said Lilly Ann Gibbs of the Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex.

The owners said they do not condone the picture, but it was just to stimulate conversation.

“In the Journal of Pediatrics, they estimate that 10,000 children are harmed by firearms a year. And so we at Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex are participating with the national shooting sports foundation in a child safe program,” Gibbs added.

It should be noted that this same picture went viral around the same time last year.

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