Dad's joke about his daughter's prom date sparks an online debate about guns

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Dads will always find new ways to embarrass us or make us laugh with a bad joke - but one dad in America may have taken a joke a bit too far.

Jay Feely is a former NFL Professional Footballer who played for the likes of the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals.

On Saturday, the 41-year-old shared a picture on his Twitter of him standing between his daughter and her prom date, while he was holding a handgun.

The caption for the tweet read: "Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys."

It's not entirely obvious what Feely was trying to convey here, but we can only presume that he was adopting the cliched 'overprotective father' stereotype.

He may also be trying to pay a reference to a scene from the Will Smith action movie Bad Boys 2.

Regardless of whether this was a harmless reference to a film or an example of a man who is very connected to his guns, Jay's tweet sparked a lively debate.

Many were concerned about the implications of Jay's tweet and the safety of his family.

Others tried to defend him and felt that the picture had been blown out of proportion.

In an attempt to calm the situation Jay's dad, Tom Feely, who is a sports coach, stepped in and clarified that the two students have been dating for a number of years and that there was no problem at all.

Just to further explain that this was only a joke, Jay retweeted a gif of the Bad Boys 2 scene he was referencing.

The fact that Jay chose to make a joke of this manner in the current climate surrounding gun laws in America still doesn't excuse the matter entirely, especially as he made it just a day after the 19 anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

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