UPDATE:  The shooting range involved is now closed indefinitely.  I’m seeing various reports saying it is closed pending an OSHA investigation and other’s showing that it was simply closed at the owner’s discretion.

Oh, the stoopid it hurts.  Sometimes though it kills.  A 9 year old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor at an outdoor range in northern Arizona.  Her family was on vacation and decided they’d stop and let her their little darling shoot an Uzi.  From the picture she looks like she weighs 90 lbs at most so handling the recoil of a weapon like that is NOT going to happen.  Her parents are the biggest idiots on the planet except for perhaps the firearms instructor who took one to the head.   What they did was equivalent to allowing a child to ride a motorcycle before they’ve even learned to ride a bicycle.

Now the instructor’s family is missing a father/brother/uncle/cousin etc, the range has lost a friend and employee, and the little girl will be traumatized for the rest of her life.  This is what comes from the American obsession with guns and the push by the NRA to remove any and all common sense rules and regulations about their possession and use.  According to them guns don’t kill, people do.  Except guns are specifically made to kill things.   Would you give Anthrax to a child of 9?  How about a grenade?  An RPG?  A tank?  A nuclear weapon?  No?  I didn’t think so.  So why would you give a gun, particularly one you KNOW that many adults can’t even handle?

But ya know, Liberty!  It’s the answer to everything apparently.    Don’t want to live with the nasty stain of the social contract any more?  Is it getting in the way of your freedom?  Just add a touch of NRA Liberty and it will wash it all away!

  1. alopecia says:

    From WXIA, Atlanta (http://www.11alive.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/08/26/girl-kills-shooting-instructor-9-year-old-uzi/14657513/): “Sam Scarmardo, the manager for the Last Stop’s shooting range, told NBC News that ‘the establish practice at most shooting ranges is 8 years old and up with parental supervision.’

    “He said [the instructor, Charles] Vacca was a ‘great guy, with a great sense of humor’ and called him ‘very conscientious and very professional.'”

    First, eight years old? Handing firearms to second-graders sounds like a peachy idea to the folks who run shooting ranges? (Remind me never to stand within a hundred meters of one of those people.)

    Second, great guy he may have been, but—nihil nisi bonum be damned—if Charles Vacca really had been conscientious and professional, he wouldn’t be dead.

    The story ends with this paragraph: “Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons. ‘You can’t give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it,’ Scott told the Associated Press.”

    That seems blindingly obvious to me.

    As Charlie Pierce (http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/A_Gloomy_Day_At_The_Cafe) said, “This little girl is going to be in therapy forever. I hope she comes through this long enough to be righteously pissed at her parents one day.”

    Amen to that.

    I wonder how Wayne LaPierre will spin this one.

    • DRangedinaz says:

      I feel sorry for the little girl. As for LaPierre if he says guns don’t kill then it will sound like he’s blaming the child. I’m sure that won’t stop him though. He’s shameless.

  2. Wow. I can’t even imagine the number of idiots it took for this to happen. The little girl was the only innocent in this story. Hope she doesn’t suffer for it.

    • DRangedinaz says:

      Unfortunately 9 is old enough to establish lifelong memories and to have a conscience. Even full grown adults who have killed under justiafible circumstances are often traumatized by the memory, much less a child who has fewer coping mechanisms. Cynical part of me thinks there should be a test before allowing people to become parents…..sigh

  3. Hala J. says:

    I saw the video…and it was full of so much stupid. SO MUCH STUPID. The way he slid the gun to automatic directly after she fired it just once, and then let her shoot it again with barely any guidance or support. She shot him while he was literally *right next to her*. That can’t be an image anyone would ever forget anytime soon. Why are people so damn idiotic? I feel so bad for that little girl. All because she was surrounded by dumb adults.

    • DRangedinaz says:

      Seriously stupid, I know. There should be a test for parenthood. First question should be, do you think a 9 year old should ever have their hands on a fully automatic weapon.

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