An eight-year-old girl has gained millions of fans as she tests rifles, handguns and even a flamethrower on her YouTube channel.
Autumn Fry, eight, boasts over 160,000 subscribers and 12 millions of views on her YouTube channel where she wields the deadly weapons.
Originally from Pennsylvania, the Fry family has been on the road for over a year, filming their journey with videos showing them at different gun ranges and with different weapons.
Her father Randy has said she is a gun lover and, despite her young age, already a professional at handling guns, insisting: ‘Children are the future of guns in America and Autumn is an amazing role model for our future.’
Autumn Fry, eight, from Pennsylvania, boasts over 160,000 subscribers on YouTube where she tests deadly weapons including handguns, rifles and even a flamethrower
Videos of the eight-year-old girl include clips of her shooting a flamethrower and wielding huge weapons (pictured left and right)
Her father Randy has said she is a gun lover and, despite her young age, already a professional at handling guns.
Randy has taught Autumn about guns and gun safety from a young age, quizzing her about weapons on their videos.
He began filming her when she was seven, with their first video showing how a Glock handgun works and what bullets to use for the gun.
Now boasting over 160 thousand subscribers on her Autumn’s Armory YouTube channel and 43,000 followers on Instagram, Autumn tests the most deadly weapons known to man.
In the videos posted online, Autumn tests the guns while her father watches and comments on her reaction.
Randy has taught Autumn about guns and gun safety from a young age, quizzing her about weapons on their videos
Randy began filming her daughter when she was seven, with their first video showing how a Glock handgun works and what bullets to use for the gun (pictured)
Like videos of children comparing toys on YouTube, Autumn compares handguns and has visited multiple ranges and used belt-fed weapons’ such as the Dragonmans machine gun.
The channel with 77 videos and over 12 million views showcases every imaginable weapon from handguns to AR15s to even a flamethrower.
In a video posted in July, Autumn uses an XM-42 flamethrower that spits fire for metres.
In the video, she says: ‘This is really useful for a campfire starter which is what we are about to use it for.’
Now boasting over 160 thousand subscribers on her Autumn’s Armory YouTube channel and 43,000 followers on Instagram, Autumn tests the most deadly weapons known to man
Like videos of children comparing toys on YouTube, Autumn compares handguns and has visited multiple ranges and used belt-fed weapons’ such as the Dragonmans machine gun
The flamethrower spits fire on a block of wood but a small trail of fire can be seen leading back to her.
She says in one video: ‘We have had the guns for about two weeks, and we have been shooting it a lot and I really like it so far.’
With safety glasses and protective headphones on, she unloads the handgun on a target picture of flowers under her watchful father’s gaze.
She is hit by a bullet casing in the head as it flies out of the gun, but she simply rubs the spot, turns to her father and gives a wry smirk.
Like videos of children comparing toys on YouTube, Autumn compares handguns and rifles (pictured)
In a video posted in July, Autumn uses an XM-42 flamethrower that spits fire for metres (pictured)
In another video, which went viral on Twitter and now has over three million views, she handles her dual-wielding handguns.
She is so small that in one clip where she is wielding a SIG Sauer she initially doesn’t have the strength to put the safety lock on.
In another her dad Randy Fry admits one of the boxes of bullets has a warning on saying ‘keep out of reach of children,’ to which Autumn replies: ‘Oh poop that.’
And she adds when blasting soda cans using the gun: ‘This thing is fun!’
In the videos posted online, Autumn tests the guns while her father watches and comments on her reaction
However in some of her videos, Autumn can be seen struggling with guns as well, and asks her dad for help
Other videos show her using a CP33 pistol by KelTec, a DMK22 semi-automatic rifle by Kriss USA and a P320 X Carry by Sig Sauer.
After shooting the latter, her dad says: ‘That’s a sweet little pistol for you there. Look at her smile! That’s almost a machine gun grin right there.’
The fateful seconds before nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her gun instructor dead with an Uzi
Charles Vacca, 39, a father of four from Lake Havasu City, was shot and killed August 25 at the Last Stop gun range in White Hills when his 9-year-old student lost control of a sub-machine gun.
The family visited the gun range August 25 while vacationing in Las Vegas 60 miles away.
The girl’s father was the first one in the party to handle a weapon. After he fired shots, Mr Vacca instructed the girl on how to shoot an Uzi gun, showed her a shooting stance, and helped her fire a few rounds, according to police reports.
He then stepped back and let her hold the Uzi by herself. She fired the gun, and its recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, killing Mr Vacca with a single shot to the head, the reports stated.
The girl then dropped the Uzi, and Vacca fell to the ground. The girl then ran towards her family, who huddled around her as she held her shoulder.
Her family were focused on the girl because they thought she was injured and didn’t immediately realize that Mr Vacca had been shot until one of his colleagues rushed over to him, the reports state.
The incident unfolded as the girl’s mother recorded her daughter firing weapons on her mobile phone.
In one of their videos, the father-daughter duo react to Black Nationalists Militia leader of ‘Not F****** Around Coalition’ John Fitzgerald Johnson, talking about gun safety and they both blasted him for his lack of knowledge on guns.
Randy allows Autumn to critique the man’s knowledge of guns as they both laugh at the video.
At the end of the video, Randy says: ‘There you go, a seven-year old is definitely more knowledgeable with guns than this guy is.’
Autumn agrees and says: ‘This guy does not know his gun knowledge.’
Her following has grown so much that she now even has her own website where she sells stickers and signed posters.
Asked what the gun laws were in his State, Randy simply replied: ‘I don’t care.’
However in some of her videos, Autumn can be seen struggling with guns as well, and asks her dad for help.
In one video, Autumn can be seen using a Sig18 handgun which overheats and burns her hand.
In the video, she can be heard saying to her dad: ‘Ow! It’s hot, don’t laugh.’
Soon it becomes unbearable for her to use and she has to pass it to her father.
In another gun range, Randy can be heard saying: ‘Go with 15-rounder, I don’t know if she would be able to hold it’ when asked if they want 15 or the bigger 30-rounder bullets for the machine guns.
However despite gaining hundreds of fans, the posts also attract a large amount of controversy.
In a previous Instagram post, Autumn’s Armory Indicated they have been previously banned from YouTube on more than one occasion but have since opened another account that has been active since May 2020.
To US children, guns are a topic that comes into their life very early on, either through school active shooter drills or through family gun ownership.
A Child Access Prevention law (CAP law), sometimes called the safe storage law, makes it illegal for an adult to keep a gun in a place and manner so that a child can easily access and fire it.
The proponents of these laws such as the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence argue that they are an effective way to reduce accidental gun deaths among children since they reduce access.
The National Rifle Association of America however argues that gun laws infringe on the rights of gun owners to protect their homes.
In many of the clips, the youngster wears safety goggles and ear-muffs in order to protect herself from the weapons
And comments on Autumn’s videos are split on the matter, with some criticising Randy and Lindsay for allowing Autumn to handle the deadly weapons
On August 25th 2014, Charles Vacca was an instructor to a nine-year-old girl on how to use an Uzi submachine gun.
Out on a family outing in Las Vegas, the girl and her family visited a gun range. The nine-year-old was given an Uzi submachine gun that she complained was too powerful for her.
The girl lost control of the powerful gun as it recoiled and accidentally shot Vacca in the head.
In 2017, 73 children under the age of 12 died from accidental gun discharge, the same as the previous five years.
Originally from Pennsylvania, the Fry family has been on the road for over a year, filming their journey with videos showing them at different gun ranges and with different weapons
CAP law is in place in over a dozen states but it is not a federally mandated law.
Gun control in the US is a polarizing topic that has had both sides arguing for decades on gun law restrictions.
And comments on Autumn’s videos were just as split on the matter.
Jeffrey Doebler commented in her AR-15 Rifle video: ‘How cool is it watching a little kid in a Scooby Doo shirt shoot guns?’
Another commented: ‘On a day of remembrance, Autumn reminds us what America is about: Family, fun and freedom.’
Others shocked at a small child using so many weapons slammed pro-gun commenters on Twitter.
However some fans of Autumn think it is ‘cool’ that the eight-year-old girl can handle and manage the deadly weapons
In another video, Autumn unloads a handgun onto a pumpkin target (pictured, with the pumpkin)
Maria commented: ‘People really think there is nothing wrong with that?’
While Zachery Elwood commented: ‘Seems damn creepy to me.’
Others questioned how YouTube allows videos of children firing weapons. One commented in the flamethrower video: ‘The world has become so strange.
‘A gun is voodoo but a flamethrower is perfectly acceptable by YouTube standards.’
Disturbing impact of gun violence on kids is revealed: Children who live near shootings are TWICE as likely to visit the ER for mental health issues, study finds
America’s rising gun violence problem is negatively impacting children’s mental health, a new study finds.
Researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia looked at the link between shootings and mental health-related emergency room (ER) visits in the city.
They found that children who had multiple shootings occur in their area were most likely to go to an ER.
What’s more, kids who lived within an eighth of a mile of a shooting were nearly twice as likely to seek out care for mental health issues compared to before the incident occurred
Gun violence is a persistent problem in the U.S.
There are 1.2 guns is possession of a civilian for every one resident of the U.S – more than double every other nation in the world as of 2018.
There were 19,411 gun related deaths – which includes homicides, suicides and accidents – across the country in 2020, and just under 40,000 injuries due to firearms.
Both figures are nearly 25 percent increases over previous years.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the south is the most vulnerable to gun violence, with states like Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri among the leaders in firearm mortality.
Mass shootings have become a persistent problem in the U.S. as well.
A recent study by Harvard University and the University of Chicago found that the occurrence of mass shootings doubled at some points during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing these issues is key to public safety, researchers say, for the physical and mental health of communities nationwide.
‘Gun violence affects the whole community, beyond the victims who are personally injured,’ said lead author Dr Aditi Vasan, a pediatric hospitalist and health services researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
‘Now that we have confirmed exposure to shootings negatively impacts the mental health of children, we can work to develop ways to provide preventive and responsive support for children and families exposed to neighborhood gun violence.’