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'Dance Moms': Abby Lee Miller Defends Giving The Girls Guns As Props (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/22/2012 8:38 am Updated: 02/22/2012 8:38 am

Another week, another clash on "Dance Moms" (Tue., 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime) as viewers got to share the moms' discomfort at seeing young girls dancing with large guns.

Although dancer Maddie said that the fake prop guns wouldn't inspire her to pick up a real gun, the moms agreed that having their daughters use them in their routine seemed inappropriate and unnecessary.

Nia's mom Holly questioned Abby Lee Miller about the wisdom of using the guns.

"The caliber," she said, presumably with no pun intended, "of the piece, it doesn't seem as high as what you normally put out there for the girls. The guns ... as moms it's throwing us off a bit. It seems a bit aggressive."

Abby defended her decision in typically vigorous fashion. "I've done 'Children With Guns!' And it won everything! It was a piece of brilliant work."

Shen went on to explain that lots of musicals use guns as props, like "Chicago," for example. The fact that "Chicago" features adults, not little girls, packing heat seemed to escape her.

Abby's rationale was that she wanted her girls to enter the competition in Pittsburgh, "armed and dangerous."

Come choreograph your way through life with the "Dance Moms," Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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