Carey Hart teaches his kids to shoot, says he’s a Trump-hating Republican

I’ve always been slightly confused about the political leanings of Pink and her husband Carey Hart. Pink seems like someone who has voted for Republicans in the past, but holds many liberal views, especially about social issues. Like, maybe she’s more of a small-L libertarian? I never got a read on Carey, but together, they definitely give off the MAGA-curious vibe. This is just my opinion! As it turns out, Carey spoke about his politics in the context of… teaching his two kids how to shoot a rifle.

Carey Hart is teaching his kids about guns. The 45-year-old off-road truck racer took to Instagram on Saturday to share pics and a video of his kids shooting guns. Hart shares Willow, 9, and Jameson, 3, with his wife, Pink. In the pics, Willow aims a gun at a target, while the video shows Jameson firing a gun with his dad’s help.

“Fun morning shooting w/ my kids!” Hart captioned his post. “Willz is getting seriously good w/ the rifle and handling of a firearm. And Jamo absolutely loves shooting! And the rate that he is processing the handling of them, he makes me proud. I’m a firm believer in teaching my kids to shoot, but more importantly, handle a fire arm. No better sound than the bullet of your kids gun plucking a steel target at 30 yards. Have a great weekend, everyone. #IfYourDontLikeItScrollOn #PokeTheBear”

After Hart’s post, one social media user took to Twitter to question how his politics align with his kids’ activity.

“It’s bada** you are teaching your kids. Which is why I’m so confused you would support the democrats who have stated they will take our guns Unless only the rich will be allowed the privilage [sic],” the person tweeted. “Let that sink in as to why people will vote Trump.”

“1st they don’t want to take your guns, and why has none of the 44 before been able to take them??” Hart responded. “Second I’m a republican who hates Trump, so I have no choice.”

[From ET]

So he’s a Republican who hates Trump? He’s a Lincoln Project guy I guess. He probably thinks he supports the Mitt Romney/John McCain wing of the party. That wing of the party is… kind of gone. As for the guns… I mean, I grew up in an area of the South where it’s pretty common for kids as young as this to learn how to shoot. It looks like he’s teaching them safety and gun responsibility, so at least there’s that.

Carey Hart, Jameson Moon Hart, P!nk (Pink) and Willow Sage Hart arrive at the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards held at Barker Hangar on November 10, 2019 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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  1. Coz' says:

    As a non-American there are many things I don’t get about the US. Americans’ relationship with weapons is probably the one that puzzle me the most.

    • Eleonor says:

      Same here.
      Seeing kids with weapons freaks me out.

    • Sierra says:

      I am with you regarding guns. I will never understand America’s obsession with guns.

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m an American and I don’t get it either.

      That said, I do appreciate his response that the Dems aren’t coming for the guns (we should, but we aren’t.)

    • Léna says:

      That’s the comment I was about to write lol.

      • detritus says:

        I lived out in the country. We were taught to shoot pellet guns, never real bullets.

        I say this because I’m as left as they come. And if we were told to get rid of the gun, we would have done so.

        The only need for weaponry is by the most vulnerable who cannot trust the state.

        Hart and his children are the opposite of that.

        And unpopular opinion: all of this republican nonsense is probably why I’ve always side eyed pink. She’s got the stink not truly caring about others on her. Maybe it’s just because of Hart

    • Slowdown says:

      Vegan European here with people who hunt in the family though.
      However this sounds deranged to me: “No better sound than the bullet of your kids gun plucking a steel target at 30 yards.”
      Problem with the use of guns in the US is the fetichisation and the adoration of it.
      It puzzles me to no end.
      I think the US is not disengaged with the pioneer era and it will take a long time to.

      • SilentStar says:

        @slowdown, Agreed! I’m a 30-year vegetarian non-American, but I fully support others to hunt responsibly. I have also enjoyed sharp shooting lessons as a kid and now do BB guns and archery with my kids. Sharp shooting is a fun and rewarding activity. But it is the glorification of guns (and killing) that is completely idiotic.
        It’s not “badass” to teach your kids to use guns. If you get some kind of manly affirmation from doing that, you have problems, dude.

    • Traveler says:

      I am an American and I despise the obsession with guns; especially military grade weapons.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      American here and I don’t get it either. I live in an area where hunting is prevalent and gun loving is the thing and when in the past before social gathering was a no no, I would just excuse myself whenever the gun obsession began. It’s not all, or most Americans with this obsession, but the ones who are tends to be very vocal and trident about their gun loving, so it’s seems more than it is. Also, they are not satisfy with practical, they want everything they can get their hands on.

    • Yup, Me says:

      America is modern day Sparta – that’s the first thing to know.

  2. elisabeth says:

    First…the democrats aren’t taking your guns
    Sandy hook happened on their watch and they didn’t take them.
    second, my nephews are learning responsible gun ownership and how to use a gun properly. I don’t see anything wrong with teaching a kid to shoot a gun.

    • Hmm says:

      Boy soldiers, little Afghani kids with guns have always been symbols of horrible things that a war does to children and images most of the world flinches at. I really don’t think in any other developed nation people are in a hurry to teach their kids to shoot, only in America do we make adorable pink guns.
      Moreover, I can certainly understand different strokes for different folks and that some people just like it as a sport, for sure, but I do think American culture drives those numbers way way way up. I know I’m considering teaching my kids to shoot, and I never learned myself. I don’t like guns, I don’t want to own a gun, but I’m terrified by the ammosexual crowds. And that’s just messed up.

    • Noodle says:

      I also think it’s good for kids to learn to respect firearms. How many times do we read stories about little kids who find guns and end up shooting themselves or a friend? The parents are absolutely culpable for leaving loaded guns within reach, and kids, young kids, should be taught to respect the danger of guns. And as a liberal Southern California resident who has NO experience or exposure to guns, I can even get behind responsibly handling guns.

      For those from other countries who don’t understand the obsession, it absolutely has to do with a power dynamic. Sure, there’s an element of hunting culture thrown in sometimes, but people who grow up in communities where guns are present and plentiful, guns help the holder feel powerful against purported enemies. They can defend their families, defend their homes, and defend their independence. Many of these people grow up in regions that are traditionally Impoverished, and while they may not have the monetary resources to defend themselves, guns help them feel powerful and safe. Popular American culture reinforces these images through music and movies and video games, and the attitudes are often passed on within families. Further, those attitudes about guns are reinforced in groups where gun ownership becomes part of the fabric of that group. Gun folks tend to stick together because as a group, they can wield more power than any one individual. And it’s them against the world. Or the Democrats, although a lot of Democrats own guns as well.

      In my community (wealthy coastal town in Southern California), a lot of people own guns, I’m sure, but I NEVER see it. Guns aren’t a part of our culture here. My next door neighbors own a number of guns and have a conceal-carry permit (I know because an investigator came and interviewed me as part of his application). I’ve never seen them hold a gun, brandish a gun, or even a sign of a gun. They have them for protection, which I can respect (although why a CC permit, I have no idea). I can’t imagine seeing people toting guns in City Hall or in a Subway, like you see in images of other parts of our nation where guns are more a fabric of the culture.

      • Amy Too says:

        I feel like the reason why kids are accidentally shooting themselves and others when playing with guns is because we have so many guns and we have the culture that guns aren’t necessarily dangerous, they’re for sport and recreation. So kids aren’t afraid of them. We don’t hear so much about kids accidentally bombing each other because A) bombs aren’t as prevalent and no one uses them for sport and recreation and B) because of that, everyone knows they’re dangerous and scary and if they found one, they’d leave it alone.

        It just seems like such a paradox: “I need to have access to guns so I can teach my kids how to properly use a gun in case they get access to a gun.” If we all didn’t have guns in our homes lying around, your kid wouldn’t have access to guns. Like the bomb thing. Or “I need to have ready access to lots of guns so I can protect myself from people who have guns.” If we all have guns though, then we’re at a much higher risk of meeting a “bad guy” or even just a temporarily enraged guy or a mentally ill guy with a gun.

      • Noodle says:

        @amytoo, I 100% agree with you. First and foremost, kids MUST be taught the danger of guns before anything else. Responsible ownership and handling must come after. When my kids were little we talked a lot about weapons and guns, even though we don’t own any. We taught them that if they see a gun anywhere, not to touch it and to tell an adult.

      • Surreuzly? says:

        Kids exposed to guns are more likely to use guns either for suicide and or homicide. I realize the NRA has lobbied legality for kids as young as 6 in some USA states to handle guns & shoot in public ranges….but why not let young adults handle guns, when they are past the the hormonal/ reckless phase of mind body development?

      • Ange says:

        Coming from Australia and growing up before gun law reform there were plenty of guns here (and are again), my dad had one back in the day. The reason we don’t have the sort of numbers of kids shooting themselves or each other is definitely culture related. We aren’t necessarily taught to respect guns by safe handling because we’re never anywhere near them. I never even saw my dad’s gun, he kept it locked up and out of sight and didn’t play with it for funsies.

        I think the American culture of fear and false bravado makes people think they’re better off teaching their kids to play and have fun with guns (oh sorry, ‘learn how to handle them safely’) instead of doing the sensible thing and keeping them locked up well out of their reach. I’ll never understand it.

  3. Savu says:

    Why do I find it so refreshing to see a Republican who says “no, Democrats aren’t taking your guns”? And hating Trump too. Relatively reasonable people who just believe in conservatism. I can disagree with them but can also hold a little bit of respect, unlike anyone who follows President Cheeto.

    • Cookie says:

      Absolutely! I probably shouldn’t be but I’m surprised at the effect Trump is having in helping unite Ds and (moderate) Rs. I actually find it one of the few silver linings in this horribly bleak election season.

    • Case says:

      Agreed. I disagree with conservatives, but I can respect anyone who has maintained sanity and cares about the country more than about Trump.

  4. Justme says:

    Pink has openly been a Dem for a long time. She was out here coming for Bush’s neck when being a Republican meant you were only lower case racist.
    She has been pro-LGBTQ, pro-women’s rights for as long as I can remember.
    She has publicly supported Obama. Not sure where she stood on Bernie vs Hilary, but she was never on the side of the Republicans.

    It is wholly possible for woman and her husband to have differing opinions.

    • Mcali02 says:

      Thank you! Why is so hard to believe women don’t have to have the same beliefs as their husband? So stupid. Also you are absolutely right about Pink – she has NEVER given off “MAGA curious” vibes. Some lazy analysis here.

      • detritus says:

        Eh, I’ve always gotten that whiff too

        IDK, it doesn’t seem your politics can be very strong if you’re okay being married to a man who votes for a party that takes away your rights.

    • Harla says:

      My husband is a trump hating republican and I’m a life long democrat. We’ve been married for 20+ years.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Women can hold different beliefs from the men in their lives, and sometimes people are too quick to punish women for what their men do. But sort of like Eminem (his behavior has been worse than her behavior though), Pink has gotten away with things that most of her counterparts would not, and is always presented as a woke, classy alternative to other women. By both liberals and woman-hating conservatives. Like Taylor Swift, there have definitely been times when she’s leaned into that.

      • detritus says:

        Sure women can hold different beliefs, but to marry someone who votes to take away your rights isn’t internally consistent to me. There’s a line. i hate to Godwin’s law, but if there wasn’t people be cool w Eva Braun?

        And anyone who votes for Trump is gross. He’s a fascist.

        You don’t marry fascist supporters.

        And the point about Eminem is bang on

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah I didn’t think there was any question of which side she falls on. And I’m not at all surprised about him.

    • Surreuzly? says:

      I recall Pink was super annoyed at susan Sarandon, a 1%’r hobby activist who promoted BS democratic vote tampering?

  5. Lightpurple says:

    A three year old should not be handling a gun.
    Someone who is barely a year past toilet training should not be handling a gun.

    And that girl should be wearing ear and eye protection

    • Slowdown says:

      it took us a while to decide to buy a camping knife for our 11 year son! (And he doesn’t keep it in his room, it’s in the kitchen). I agree with you, kids at this stage are super clumsy. It’s so dangerous.

      • Miranda says:

        Yeah, 3 is insanely young to be handling firearms. I’m thinking of my 4-year-old niece, and I don’t think she’d be strong enough to even hold the gun for an extended period of time, much less aim it properly.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Agreed.

    • lucy2 says:

      This!
      I am not a gun person, though my grandfather did once teach my brother and I to shoot (we were both shockingly good, and neither has picked up a gun since) but I get that people grow up differently and it is a part of some people’s lives, especially if they hunt (yuck) or do sport shooting.

      But a THREE year old? No. I even think his daughter is too young, but a three year old is insane.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thank you!

      The fetishization of guns, as another commenter mentioned above, is bizarre and frightening. They don’t prove your courage or your patriotism or your morality or your manhood.

      Shoving guns on your children is asking for trouble. Too young for alcohol, too young to vote, too young for kindergarten, but this fool thinks it’s fine if they handle deadly weapons? This is exactly how horrible accidents happen.

  6. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Giant yikes all around. Sadly I could totally see Pink being a Republican

    • Otaku fairy says:

      That quote from her about how Trump could still turn things around and be a good president was so out of touch. At least she didn’t vote for him. Ugh. And there’s got to be a better way for Carey Hart to get attention than…whatever this is.

  7. Steph says:

    I’ve always figured Pink was a leftist and Carey a Republican. I figured politics is one of the reason she says her marriage can be rough sometimes.

  8. Miranda says:

    “Second I’m a republican who hates Trump, so I have no choice.”

    What does this mean? Is he saying that he hates Trump but will vote for him anyway to toe the party line? Because, I mean, he DOES have a choice. It’s not like they’re rounding up Republicans who refuse to vote for Trump and putting them in a cage. Not yet, anyway.

    • Léna says:

      I understood that comment as, he has no choice but to vote for democrats since he hates trump

    • Justme says:

      He is voting for Biden.

      That person in his comments literally questioned how he could display a liberal rhetoric while shooting off guns.

    • Kebbie says:

      He’s saying he has no choice but to support Biden

    • Lanie says:

      It’s a scam. Republicans who hate Trump still love Trump/Republican policy. They prefer polite racism to Trumps bullhorn act. They don’t want to pay taxes. They still want to take away Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and reproductive choice. They are still pro police/anti police reform. They support restricting immigration to European countries and don’t flick at kids in cages.

      I’m sick to death of hearing about how noble the moderate Republican is for hating Trump. They live in houses with no mirrors.

      Don’t even get me started on women who trade in their world views and values to marry Republicans. This is how Karens get their wings.

  9. aang says:

    At this point any republican is complicit. Why do we tolerate framing civil rights as an opinion? So being anti gay marriage is an opinion we should tolerate but if the same person were an anti-miscegenist we would clearly give him no quarter. I can see disagreeing about tax policy, a few decent people firmly but wrongly in my opinion believe that unfettered capitalism will create the most wealth for the most people. But to advance that policy they have gotten in bed with racists, misogynists, homophobes, theocrats, criminals, and narcissistic lunatics. It is a matter of character, human rights, and world view. I could never be married to a man with whom I disagreed so fundamentally on such basic issues. And I side eye any woman that would do it.

  10. Wiglet Watcher says:

    Trigger warning
    There was an awful incident that in CT several years back where a gun show handed a little Uzi to a young child to shoot with the dad’s supervision. The kick spun the gun back and what happened was horrific. Children that young should not handle live weapons.

    I was R until the whole party changed. Several elections back. Ugh this government. Corrupt and lame.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Can’t remember if the show was in CT & the boy was from MA or the other way around. I think both states tightened the laws immediately afterward. The boy was about 7 or 8. His dad was a doctor. The boy couldn’t handle the kick of the weapon and the bullet went up through his jaw. He did NOT die instantly either. He remained alive for several hours but there was nothing they could do to save him. Just a horrific incident

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Yep, gun accidents happen all the time. Why would anyone put their babies in harm’s way? It’s so awful.

      • lucy2 says:

        Oh that’s horrible.
        There was also an incident at a gun range a few years ago, where I believe a young girl lost control of a weapon like that (how could she not, she’s a child handed a weapon designed for an experienced adult) and killed the shooting instructor.

  11. SpankyB says:

    Many Liberals and Dems own guns. The difference is they’re much more responsible and not into the ammosexual part of it. It’s not an obsession, or a cult.

  12. detritus says:

    Tbf I don’t really understand how guns are still such an issue in the states. The US has the worst gun violence of all the first world countries.

    I guess it’s similar to COVID tho. There’s a large group of people who prefer their privileges and refuse to give them up, regardless of the danger to others.

  13. Cindy says:

    Unpopular opinion here: guns aren’t going anywhere. Definitely not anytime soon. I understand why some people approach this fact by teaching their kids about guns and how to safely interact with them.

  14. Marigold says:

    I’m as liberal as can be. My husband is moderate – abhors Trump. Votes dem. He is a country boy, former Air Force who hunts. We are armed to the teeth. I hate guns and can’t, don’t want, to shoot or be near guns. They scare me. But democrats know about guns too. Not just crazy militia people which is what they think.

    I am for gun control myself.

  15. Emilia says:

    I’m still convinced Pink and her husband post pics of their kids they KNOW will be seen as controversial because they love the attention of pretending to be victims and getting to “clap back” at their “haters.”

  16. Zantasia says:

    Regardless of your American political leanings, gun safety is important. You can’t trust people to lock up their guns, and your kids need to know how to be safe around them—and that they are not toys. If you live in an area with lots of guns, this is an important life skill, akin to swimming.

  17. Polly says:

    Dude thinks sugar is poison but let’s his kids shoot guns. Mkay.

  18. Mina_Esq says:

    I’ve been around firearms my whole life because we have a lot of hunters in the family. I can’t say in earnest that I disapprove of teaching kids gun safety etc. It does bother me that Republicans have successfully convinced people that Democrats want to abolish 2nd amendment. Just because I support some level of regulation and because i don’t need or want to carry my gun to buy cereal at Target doesn’t make me anti-gun.

  19. Taylor says:

    I am an American and grew up without guns. However, my boyfriend did have guns and still does and enjoys shooting occasionally (I don’t mind him doing that at all, there have been times when I’ve been REALLY glad he is skilled with guns- notably twice when he needed to put down deer that had been hit by cars and still very alive). That being said, this comment: “Problem with the use of guns in the US is the fetichisation and the adoration of it.” really strikes me as how I feel and was not able to put into words!! It absolutely is the damn creepy fetishization of having a gun and “being able to shoot someone” that freaks me the f*ck out.

  20. PlainJane says:

    Coming from a police family, all the cops’ kids were taught how to shoot a gun because 1. There was a gun in the house, even if it was in a safe, and 2. To demystify it and 3. To show the kids that it is a powerful weapon and the damage it can do.

    I think that why they took us around 10 years old, to scare the crap out of us with the most and the kickback.

    I support hunting for food, not trophies

    I do not understand the obsession with weapons nor the fight to make fun ownership safer.

  21. NixD says:

    I’m not a gun person. No one in my immediate family is. Although, my sister has gotten so unnerved about things going on in the US as they relate to being black (we are African American) that for the first time in her 54 years, she is thinking about getting a gun. I have no problem with safe gun ownership or Carey teaching his children to shoot and handle guns. I also have no problem with him being a Republican or his decision to not support Trump. Sounds like he is a rational adult.

  22. Dahlia1947 says:

    I was born and raised in the central part of the United states, and in very large parts of the midwest, the traditions of the early pioneers still run deep. Their ancestors are still here. So, I think that that is why many people here love their guns.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Fuck their ancestors who stole land and murdered indigenous people. Fuck that “tradition.”

  23. Tuntmore says:

    I grew up in Alabama, where people open carry guns into Wal-Mart and where, if you even hint that you support gun control, people will start screaming spittle-flecked invectives at you.

    I hate guns. There’s no reason for them whatsoever. Humans got along just fine without them, in much tougher circumstances, for tens of thousands of years. Our ancient ancestors could take down giant carnivores with rocks and sticks, but we think we need an AK-47 to protect our yard.

    For people who yell “2nd Amendment” whenever anyone brings up gun control…well, they’re all welcome to have as many late-18th century firearms as their dumb little hearts desire.

  24. Kristin says:

    “I’m a trump hating Republican” is dumb as hell. The Republican Party has gone FULL MAGA. The party has been trash since the 60s but has now dropped any pretense and is beyond redemption. He could have said he’s a “small c conservative” but anyone still carrying the label “Republican” is delusional trying to limit the scope of the problem to Trump.