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Green Beret Under Fire Over Unborn Baby's Gender Announcement

After growing discontent across America in relation to gun regulation and usage, the recent actions of Sgt. 1st Class, Keith Batchelder in Navarre, Florida, have incited large groups of people across the country.

Mr Batchelder decided to reveal the gender of his unborn child using a binary explosive involving Tannerite, an explosive used for target practice by the US Army Special Forces, and blue chalk. Mr Batchelder and his fiancée, Jamie Indiveri uploaded a video of him detonating the explosive and colored chalk while Ms Indiveri watched. The video went viral, triggering anti-gun commentary alongside congratulatory messages.

When the young couple decided to reveal they were expecting their first child, Mr Batchelder, a member of the elite Green Berets, had been training for the ‘Best Ranger Competition’ and thought this would be the perfect way to hone his skills and show off to his friends in the special forces.

Mr Batchelder’s fiancée told Buzzfeed journalists in an interview that Batchelder’s teammates and friends ‘would never let him live it down if he missed!’. It appears that Mr Batchelder and Ms Indiveri see the use of guns and explosives to announce the arrival of ‘[their] little man’ as relatively normal.

Online commentators expressed disbelief, confusion, and anger at the idea, with Buzzfeed reader, Kim Morris, sarcastically commenting ‘I think I’ll aim a rifle at the representation of my child-to-be and pull the trigger. Sounds like a fantastic idea, honey!’. Morris was not alone in her disgust for the couple’s actions, with reader, Hallie Hart, also adding ‘Yes, let’s celebrate the miracle of life with an instrument of death!’.

Other readers have responded positively to the incident, noting that Mr Batchelder didn’t put anyone in danger and was simply showing his excitement in a unique and memorable way. The actions of Mr Batchelder and his fiancée have reignited the debate about gun laws in America and fueled the outcry for stricter gun laws and regulations across the country.

Source: BuzzFeed
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