Not This Crap Again!

Another young child has an accident with an Uzi:

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.


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2 Responses to Not This Crap Again!

  1. Jack/OH says:

    Do pro- and anti-gun people actually agree on something? A friend of mine, an academic and sort of standard-issue anti-gunner, posted an account of this story on her blog. Comments were modest in number, undetailed, and bland. My wild hunch? Even anti-gunners recognize the freakish, outlier character of the Arizona Uzi incident.

    Pro-gun people need to keep working at truth: guns are a normal, everyday tool for a lot of people; they’re a good and unique part of American culture; their lawful use in self-defense is a pretty good thing, and, in my opinion, pretty much defines what makes a citizenry free. Why wait for a duke, commissar, or the local police to thwart an immediate threat to yourself and others when widespread ownership of firearms by folks with ordinary judgment can do the job better and cheaper, and without the need for a big, bureaucratic police apparatus (with all its mischief-making potential)?

  2. Jack/OH says:

    I’ve been told it costs maybe $300,000 a year in wages, typical OT, benefits, and allowances to put one policeman on a shift 24/7 (you need five persons to have one available per shift, plus allowing for vacations, sick time, etc.) Plus, a cruiser’s cost, plus overhead for admin, dispatch, etc. Then you’ve got response time issues.

    How much better would it be to have Second Amendment rights enthusiastically promoted as a check on expanding police budgets, tax levies, etc., with no loss of civic security? Some political subdivisions may even want to aggressively promote Second Amendment freedom programmatically as an alternative to an organized police department. (I’m meandering a little off-topic, I know.)

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