To all you YouTube jackasses that think it’s a real hoot to hand a big gun over to some inexperienced little lady in hopes of catching a laugh.
Yes, that is a worst case scenario, but there is really no good done with these stunts. In the best of cases, you alienate someone from the sport. You might even turn them into an active crusader for gun control. Or, like in the story linked above, your negligence could kill them.
Don’t want to share your hobby with your girlfriend? Try using your words like an adult rather than scaring her away from your little bromance.
If you are working with a new shooter, it is your primary responsibility to make sure they come away from the experience unharmed. Hopefully, they will enjoy it and want to learn more. Film that new shooter grin, it’s far more entertaining.
ETA because is seems applicable: This is me shooting a 500 Magnum just like the one in question
I absolutely agree that starting a new shooter with 22LR is best, but if one is not available, it can be done. First gun I ever shot was a S&W 629 loaded with 44 Magnum. I’m not going to claim I shot it well, but the only thing in danger was the target hanger. An instructor assured me that I’d be fine because I was heavier than the gun. He then explained how to grip it and instructed me to lean in. I was fine.