Winter has shared photos of herself at shooting ranges with fans, and apparently the culmination of her practice was a certificate. “When you pass your firearm safety test and get your certificate,” she tweeted with a smug-face emoji.
When you pass your firearm safety test and get your certificate
— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) September 10, 2017
Posing at the Los Angeles Gun Club, Winter shared two black-and-white photos of herself with a few different types of weapons and tried to lighten the mood with her Instagram caption. “Prepping for the zombie apocalypse, obviously…” she wrote.
A post shared by ARIEL WINTER (@arielwinter) on Sep 9, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT
Her 3.6 million followers on Instagram and dozens of commenters on Twitter were torn in response to this brazen display of support for guns. “Nice to see someone in Hollywood that’s not afraid of guns,” wrote one commenter. Another claims girls with guns are “sexy and dangerous.” Someone else tried to weigh in with the “rational” argument: “As long as the gun stays either at the range or locked up at home, I’m OK w it.”
Girls with guns are sexy and dangerous. I love it
— Jennifer Willow (@JenyiWillow) September 10, 2017
Bad ass. Good for you, we need more women shooters supporting their 2nd amendment rights!
— Willie -LO (@slickwillie97) September 11, 2017
Oh no. Guns……….
— abigail mansfield (@abiim) September 11, 2017
Sexism made its way into the responses as well: “No one goes to the range in those tiny shorts” wrote one commenter. Another combined slut shaming with a call to arms: “The way you dress you should protect yourself. There are many perverts in California.”
At 19 years old and as the star of a family comedy, Winter could easily be expected to act as a role model, but as she told Bustle earlier this year, she doesn’t want to be one. “It’s a very loose term, because people misinterpret it these days,” she said. “People push people to be perfect and say the right thing and wear the right thing and do the right thing at all times. But I think the most important thing of being a role model is being imperfect and being yourself, and teaching people that being yourself is perfect and you don’t have to be this cookie-cutter idea of perfect.”
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