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Photographer's 'A Christmas Story' pic of baby posing with BB gun divides social media


Shelbyville, Ind. (CIRCA) - A photographer's holiday photo of a baby boy dressed as Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" is getting some backlash on social media.

The picture shows the baby laying on a couch with a wooden BB gun.

“Disclaimer** the BB gun is made of wood to ensure that he did NOT shoot his eye out during the creation of this photo,” photographer Amy Haehl posted on her professional Facebook page.

While many of the comments on the photographer's Facebook post were positive, some made it clear they were not a fan of the photo.

“Will now unfollow you. Who the hell would take a picture of a baby and a gun just for money. Such a waste since you are so talented. Think hard about your lack of principles," one user wrote.


On Thursday, Haehl clarified in a statement posted to Facebook that the image "is in no way meant to encourage gun violence or offend anyone who has been affected by gun violence. Other than a few negative comments which is to be expected, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to this photo and loved by many."

She said "A Christmas Story" is among "America's most-loved holiday films" and her goal was to "put something positive and fun in everyone’s news-feeds in contrast to all of the negativity out there."

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