Photographer defends use of BB gun in ‘A Christmas Story’ photo of ‘Baby Ralphie’

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – A photographer is defending her work following a social media outcry after she posted a photo of ‘A Christmas Story’-themed photo shoot that shows Baby Ralphie asleep with a toy gun.

Indiana photographer Amy Haehl posted the photo to her Facebook page with the caption “Only 49 days until Christmas! Ralphie loved his pink bunny suit I had made for him!”

She also posted a disclaimer about the 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,” she said.

Disclaimer aside, Haehl received comments questioning the use of the gun in the photo.

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

“In a world where there’s so much negative let’s be positive and laugh a little,” Haehl responded. “I clearly stated the gun was wood just in case someone would be concerned.”

“How do you think the parents of the babies that were killed in Newtown would feel looking at this photo?” Karen Lewis Dalton wrote.

“I completely agree that there are issues with gun violence in the world and of course I would never do anything to encourage that,” Haehl responded. “This gun is in reference to a BB gun which is not typically the culprit when it comes to gun violence and this isn’t in any way meant to be distasteful and I’m sorry if you feel that way and can’t see the innocence and light-heartedness of this photo.”

Most of the comments were positive, however.

The 1985 film ‘A Christmas Story’ is set in Indiana, where Haehl is from.

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