Defiant Mom Is Proud Her 10-Year-Old Killed a 220-Pound Black Bear

A couple of years ago I interviewed a dad who let his then 10-year-old daughter use an AR-15 assault rifle. She was a competitive shooter and, even at that young age, a gun rights advocate. So when it comes to guns, hunting and little kids, nothing shocks me anymore.

Recently another gun-toting 10-year-old got into hot water. On this occasion what she killed is causing the controversy, not just the fact that she regularly wields a rifle to go out hunting with her family.

Ayla Highfill and a deer
Credit: YouTube / Inside Edition / Tina Highfill

What does this little girl’s mom say to people who criticize her family?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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