Yes, this is a real story. And look closely, the child is only 19 months old, and his parents have seen fit to let him pose with the 17 Caliber Marlin Rifle. I love to see parents caring for their kids, and a community that finds this acceptable. I for one think more kids should have guns. I mean, lets face it, who would they endanger? Themselves, perhaps, but also their parents - ahh...get it?