Let me see if I can follow this logic. We make laws to protect our children. They must be in carseats and seat belts. We bubble wrap every pointy surface in our home while they're learning to walk. We gate the staircases and we latch the cupboards. We buy bike helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads, mouth guards, shin guards, life vests, floaties, and more. We can't leave them home alone or at the park or in the car for any period of time without being accused of abuse. We can't swear in front of them without someone calling the cops. We don't allow them to drive cars or vote until they're teenagers. We don't let alcohol touch their lips until they're young adults.
BUT we see nothing wrong with putting an UZI in the hands of a nine-year-old kid?????
Who thought this was a good idea? Someone did apparently.
I'm assuming it was this child's parents. They took her to a place called Bullets and Burgers. A fine looking establishment whose logo consists of a burger hanging out behind a large caliber gun that offers a shooting experience paired with dinner. Because nothing says "Family Fun Night" like squeezing off a few hundred rounds with greasy bacon burger fingers.
They paid for an instructor to teach her how to shoot an Uzi. For one reason or another, the instructor thought it was a good idea to let this little girl try and shoot the Uzi on full automatic mode. She, of course, could not handle the recoil of the weapon and she fatally wounded him. That's right. He's dead. And now for the rest of her life, this little girl must carry around the guilt that she killed someone.
This is not a gun rights issue, this is a stupidity issue. I feel badly for the man who lost his life and I'm sorry for his family. I'm irritated with Bullets and Burgers for allowing anyone to purchase this "experience" for a nine-year-old kid. And I'm furious with the parents of this girl for ruining her life. I don't care if Uzis are legal to shoot and carry. I don't care if you've got one in the trunk of your car or under your bed. I care that this is a dangerous weapon that adults have a hard time handling. This isn't a little .22 rifle that you shoot squirrels with. This is an Israeli sub machine gun that is used in wars. This gun is designed to kill. I care when supposedly responsible adults decide that it's a great idea to let a nine-year-old shoot one. I have no idea if the child asked or if the parents offered, it doesn't matter to me. All I know is it should have never happened. This kid should have just finished her milkshake, watched her parents shoot a few guns, and then head back home.
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