Many tweeted the photo seemed to be a lackadaisical way to make light of such a serious issue.
Former NFL kicker Jay Feely's picture with his daughter however is not your typical father-daughter prom picture. The image caused controversy for being in bad taste with the current climate on gun control, but Feely later responded, insisting the image was a joke and that he respects gun safety.
The original image racked up more than 37,000 likes and thousands of replies, with critics lambasting everything from the casual use of a gun to the culture of daughters as pure objects that need to be protected.
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The broadcaster later clarified the photo was a joke and apologized for being insensitive. In the photo, Feely has a gun in his right hand and his left arm around his daughter, who is rolling her eyes at her father as teenagers often do when parents make jokes.Wishing my lovely daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9eFathers giving a hard time to and even subtly threatening the chosen dates of their teenage daughters is an age-old joke.
Humor is subjective. For example, I could say that the kid shouldn't worry because Feely's vision isn't very good. Feely also said he takes gun safety seriously. "And out of touch with not making that picture and night about you", wrote one social media user.
The 41-year-old Feely played 14 seasons in the National Football League and has been an analyst with CBS since 2014.