Father Tells Four-year-old to Shoot at Cops – and He Does

From the New York Post

And now, from the WTF department we bring you the father-of-the-year.

I read this article and was just without words. At first I was, at least. Now I’m going to give you a whole lot of words.

Normally I wouldn’t think twice about a four-year old in Utah knowing how to pull a trigger. Except this child and his “sperm donor” were recent arrivals from Atlanta. That should tell us most of what we need to know. I’m sure the rest will come out in court and the news.

I can’t wait to hear the anti-gunners (and the American Academy of Pediatrics) shriek about this. Except this situation once again proves our ongoing point – it’s not the guns, it’s the anal sphincters behind them and the twisted way they’ve been brought up and live their lives that are the problem.

You would think that squishy-feely people like gun-grabbers would latch onto obvious concepts like socio-cultural influences, dysfunctional families, and even mental illness. But no.

So, first analysis first – the “father” (and I use the term loosely) pulled a gun at a freaking McDonald’s drive-thru because they got his order wrong??? Really stable individual there, yessiree. Certainly someone who should have custody of two small children. Mmm-hmmm. I know MY first instinct at finding out they gave me sweet tea instead of unsweet is deadly violence, how about you?

Then when McD’s rightly and understandably called the police, the sperm donor told the pre-schooler to shoot at the police as he is being arrested. That right there is parenthood at its finest, folks. I mean if your own family don’t back you up, who gonna, amirite?

And said pre-schooler actually COMPLIED. Obviously this doesn’t sound like the first time this child has been told to pull a trigger. And likely isn’t the first time the child has been told that the police are the enemy. Wouldn’t surprise me if this sphincter has been bringing the pre-schooler along on drug deals for back-up or something.

The “father” is a recent arrival from out-of-state. Like how recent? Like fleeing a warrant type recently? Like criminals on the lam acting criminally type recently? Like his fiancé isn’t the mother of the children and he isn’t supposed to have them type recently? Yes, this all sounds like a nice stable and typical Utah family, uhh huh. Just a nice night out at McDonald’s for the kids in between drug deals. It could be my state too. My God, the stories I hear from the foster system…

All of this snark isn’t intended to make light of the seriousness though, honestly. It’s just a defense mechanism. 

I cannot imagine the horror of the police officer being confronted with a deadly weapon by a pre-schooler. I cannot imagine if the officer had been forced to defend his life from a small child. And I thank God that the officer was able to deflect the weapon so that no one was seriously injured. It sounds like the officer got some powder burns though, so it was a damn close call.

I’ll be watching this one with bated breath.

I’ll leave you with the wisdom of one of my pediatric professors when I was in training.  Making babies requires no higher cortical function – it’s a brain stem response. Therefore this professor used to mumble under his breath as we walked away from talking to such families, “… but you need a license to catch a fish.”

Dr LateBloomer
Dr LateBloomer is a female general pediatrician who bought her first firearm at the age of 46. She now enjoys many different shooting disciplines including self-defense, IDPA, Steel/Rimfire Challenge, Sporting clays, and even tried 3-Gun for several years. She has gotten started in hunting and has expanded into crossbow. She is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and works to enlighten her medical colleagues whenever possible.