INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: South Dakota’s Governor, Kristi Noem, has stirred up controversy by disclosing that her one-year-old granddaughter has a shotgun and rifle of her own. She made this revelation during her appearance at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indiana.
Governor Noem has been a strong advocate of gun rights for a considerable time, and she utilized her speech at the NRA gathering to issue an executive order designed to enhance the safeguarding of Second Amendment rights in South Dakota. A video clip of her speech, uploaded on Twitter, shows her talking about her granddaughter, Addie, who is nearly two years old, and owns these weapons along with a pony named Sparkles. Addie is the daughter of Noem’s daughter Kassidy and her husband, Kyle Peters.
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‘She already has a shotgun and she already has a rifle’
“Little Miss Addie, who is almost two, and Branch who’s just a few months old, they have brought us so much joy. They’ve brought us purpose,” Noem told the gathered crowd. “Now Addie, who you know — soon will need them, I wanna reassure you, she already has a shotgun and she already has a rifle and she’s got a little pony named Sparkles too. So the girl is set up,” the conservative added.
Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), addressing the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, says her nearly 2-year-old granddaughter “already has a shotgun, and she already has a rifle.” pic.twitter.com/d7V4Kslmo3
— The Recount (@therecount) April 14, 2023
‘Definitely call CPS on the child endangerment confession’
Her remarks generated severe negative feedback online. “Absolutely sickening. How the h*ll is this real life in America?” asked Chris Jackson. “A 2-year-old who pulled the trigger on a shotgun he or she was holding to their shoulder would be knocked down and likely injured,” said Tom Mallory. A twitter user accused, “Guns are drugs. She’s drugging her kids.” “This can’t be real?!? What?!!?” asked PJ Byrne in disbelief. A Twitter user mocked Noem, saying, “‘My toddler can shoot your toddler from 10 paces at the daycare playground….’ – Proud NRA Parent,” while a concerned user said, “What is the phone number for South Dakota’s Child Welfare Services? Someone needs to report this child neglect.” Another one said, “Definitely call CPS on the child endangerment confession.”
Absolutely sickening. How the hell is this real life in America?
— Chris D. Jackson (@ChrisDJackson) April 14, 2023
A 2-year-old who pulled the trigger on a shotgun he or she was holding to their shoulder would be knocked down and likely injured.
— Tom Mallory 🇺🇸 🇺🇦👋 (@tom_mallory) April 14, 2023
Guns are drugs. She’s drugging her kids.
— 🇺🇦🌻ScienceHag (@Donna_Barr) April 15, 2023
This can’t be real?!? What?!!?
— PJ Byrne (@PJ_Byrne) April 15, 2023
“My toddler can shoot your toddler from 10 paces at the daycare playground….” – Proud NRA Parent
— Kramer of the Cosmos (@KramerMaestri) April 14, 2023
What is the phone number for South Dakota’s Child Welfare Services? Someone needs to report this child neglect.
— Jayme Ruimveld (@jaymeruimveld) April 14, 2023
Definitely call CPS on the child endangerment confession.
— jennifer_cheers (@aquaeyez) April 14, 2023
The conference was held not long after two mass shootings occurred in the United States. One of them took place at the Covenant school in Nashville, Tennessee, resulting in the deaths of three children and three adults. The other shooting happened on April 10 at a bank in Kentucky, where five more people lost their lives.
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