Prom Photo-Gun, US

Ruben Holloway
April 24, 2018

Jay Feely, a veteran kicker with a 15-year career, was playing defense after gun control advocates called him out for a photo posted on social media practicing a familiar trope. "His finger is out of the trigger well".

"Wishing my lovely daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys", Feely wrote as a caption to the photo. Gun license and registration are not required, according to NRAILA.com.Here is a small sampling of Internet reaction, including from Feely's father - presumably the girl's grandfather - adding context to the photo. "And out of touch with no making that picture and night about you".

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"The prom picture I posted was obviously meant to be a joke", Feely wrote. He is now a football analyst at CBS Sports. "Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the seasons of "its pretend I'm going to shoot my daughter's date for impugning her chastity" pics", Watts responded.

In Feely's Sunday apology, he explained that his daughter and her boyfriend of more than a year knew he was joking. Some people immediately pounced on the tweet and image as tone-deaf, not only in terms of the gun issue but also what they considered the objectification of Feely's daughter.

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Other followers, however, said it had been taken too seriously, with one writing: "The father-with-a-gun joke is decades old and is nothing more than a joke about a father protecting his daughter too much".

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