A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.
…Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.
God, there are millions of these stories where somebody hands a young child an advanced firearm before they are ready to handle it. More common you hear of somebody giving a new shooter a 12 gauge shotgun with high-brass full-power loads, or a magnum revolver for their first gun. Thankfully these don’t end in serious injury. This is not the case with small machine guns.
Hell when I hand somebody their first gun to shoot its A) Small Caliber, .22 Preferably, but 9×19 or .38 Special in a full-size gun also work, and B) the gun is single-loaded so they can only fire once before we have chance to reflect on that first shot and decide what’s next. Sometimes I’ve loaded up a half-dozen .22s signally until they were ready for their first string of fire. I also like to load up the next size up signally just to make sure we aren’t advancing too fast.
Reminds me of this horrible case back in 2008. This case it was an 8-year-old with a Micro Uzi which is a wild animal of an SMG.
In no way am I saying young children can’t handle these guns, what I WILL say is most kids of this age are not skilled enough to control the recoil of full-auto fire on such a small gun.