Apparently this remindes one of my facebook friends of me, because I'm always posting 2nd Amendment related things. This was my reply:
She responded with:No doubt that what the girl said was disrespectful. I'm sure she's exaggerating just how hard she has to work. But I'm sure the dad is exaggerating just how easy she has it and how simple the chores are, too.
Shooting the laptop? Seriously? A firearm is a tool for sport (such as hunting), recreation (such as target shooting), or self-defense. I support the right to bear arms for these and other legitimate purposes up to and including the overthrow of one's government, should it deteriorate into tyranny.
But intimidating one's teenage daughter is not a legitimate purpose. This guy is an overbearing, vindictive a__h_le. I doubt he'll ever have a meaningful relationship with his daughter. I understand the sentiment driving him...but as the adult, he needs to learn to direct his anger more constructively, and find ways to educate and discipline his daughter without HUMILIATING her in a way that literally the entire world can see.
I hope that the only thing I have in common with this man is that we both carry a .45 caliber pistol.
My response:What she did was just as bad in what she posted. I agree that a laptop is not a good item to choose for target practice. I meant no disrespect to you. The only correlation was the fire arm and I know that the right to bear arms is important to you.
No disrespect taken.
I disagree that what the girl wrote was as bad. She is a 15 year old girl, bitching to her peers about her parents. Disrespectful, yes. Childish words, coming from a child.
What her father did was far worse. Childish vindictive actions from an adult.
- Posting a humiliating video
- Using a firearm for intimidation
- Running up "debt" on her behalf. "You'll pay me for this laptop, the software, and the bullets I used to shoot it, and you'll buy your own new laptop." (About $8-10 worth of ammunition, by the way.)
- Grounding her for 3 months (Either he's being WAY harsh, or he'll renege within a week or two...either way, damaging the relationship further.)
And that's just off the top of my head.
Another question that comes to mind. Did she WANT the computer for school? Or did she NEED it for school? A lot of school systems require laptops now.
A more proportional response: Ground her for a couple of weeks. Delete her Facebook account. Add extra chores (unless she was actually telling the truth about how much work she does.)