Paul Ryan buys daughter hunting gear; Anti-gun zealots cry child abuse

Anything that Sarah Palin does at this point leads to a torrent of Twitter abuse, especially posting photos of a successful hunting trip. Self-described Catholic deer-hunter and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan last month said he was “happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion,” and he too is sticking to his guns rather than appease the anti-gun crowd.

Ryan was between campaign stops in Ohio today when he stopped to purchase his daughter camouflage gear for a hunting trip this fall.

Paul Ryan buys his daughter hunting gear in Cincinnati, OH #decision2012

— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) September 25, 2012

VP Cand Paul Ryan stopped at an Outdoor World store today in Ohio to buy his 10-year old daughter Liza some camouflage gear for hunting.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 25, 2012

Ryan said he’d be taking his daughter deer-hunting for the first time this fall & she need camouflage jacket and gloves.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 25, 2012

Ryan said he bought his daughter a Remington 700 .243 junior rifle last Christmas and “she’s been practicing.”

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 25, 2012

Politico’s Roger Simon felt compelled to point out the daughter’s age.

His daughter is 10. MT @markknoller Ryan said he bought daughter a Remington 700 .243 junior rifle last Xmas and “she’s been practicing.”

— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) September 25, 2012

Just last week, President Obama joked on “The Late Show with David Letterman” that his own daughters were growing up but he was comforted to know they were “surrounded by men with guns.” That line got a laugh, but the idea of a 10-year-old handling a rifle was too much for some.

I’m not gonna make a big deal out of it, but I’m freaked out about Paul Ryan’s 10 year old owning a rifle. That’s all.

— Yeggo (@Yeggo) September 25, 2012

@pineywoozle @markknoller @politicoroger I know, and I know hunting is big in Midwest. But Ryan was just pandering to gun nuts.

— Karoli (@Karoli) September 25, 2012

Whatever happened to Barbie dolls? Sheesh! MT @markknoller: Ryan said he bought his daughter… rifle last Christmas & she’s been practicing

— Maumee Mom (@MaumeeMom) September 25, 2012

@markknoller Aww! There’s nothing sweeter than a Dad and daughter bonding over the body of a dead animal they probably won’t eat.

— Troy Martez (@TricksterAtHome) September 25, 2012

Stay classy, Twitter. Be careful or Letterman will be stealing your material.

Most who weighed in on Twitter, though, found the news one more reason to file Ryan in the “awesome dad” category.

Every 10 year old girl dreams of going hunting with Daddy. . .

— Leslie Bentz (@lbentzterp) September 25, 2012

This is great!!! “@PoliticalTicker: Ryan outfits daughter with deer-hunting gear – #preppertalk

— Cochise’s Mom (@cochisemom) September 25, 2012

aww, what a great dad! #lifeskills #girlpower @PaulRyanVP

— Erika Johnsen (@erikajohnsen) September 25, 2012

Awesome dad alert! -> RT @AlexNBCNews: Paul Ryan buys his daughter hunting gear in Cincinnati, OH #decision2012

— Jenny Erikson (@JennyErikson) September 25, 2012

Nice to see a real man teaching children proper gun use @markknoller Ryan taking daughter deer-hunting for first time this fall

— Beautiful Kitty (@GeenaMidtown) September 25, 2012

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