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    CNN) -- A shooting instructor is dead, the victim of a gun-range accident. A 9-year-old girl is surely traumatized. And plenty of people, including many gun enthusiasts, are asking: Why give a child a submachine gun to shoot?

    The deadly incident occurred Monday morning at a gun range in Arizona that caters to Las Vegas tourists, many of whom drive an hour from the gambling center to fire high-powered weapons.


    Charles Vacca was accidentally shot in the head as he instructed the 9-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi, an Israeli-made 9mm submachine gun. As she pulled the trigger, the gun jumped out of her left hand toward Vacca, who was standing beside her.


    "To put an Uzi in the hands of a 9-year-old ... is extremely reckless, " CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said.


    Gun experts contacted by CNN on Wednesday said young children should be taught to shoot with single-shot firearms rather than submachine guns.
    They also said that safe learning is connected to the ability and experience of the instructor.

    "It's always the supervision," said Greg Danas, president of Massachusetts-based G&G Firearms. "But you also have gun enthusiasts running businesses where they place firearms in the hands of the uninformed, whether they're 9-year-old kids who are not capable or adults. It all stems from gun enthusiasts running businesses that require a level of professionalism and education. The unexpected with firearms is something that's only learned through years of being a trainer, not a gun enthusiast."


    Representatives of the gun range declined CNN requests for comment on the incident. But Sam Scarmardo, who operates Bullets and Burgers, told CNN affiliate KLAS on Tuesday they "really don't know what happened."


    "Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they're shooting," Scarmardo said. "If they're shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they're left-handed, the same thing."
    Vacca had his right hand on the girl's back and his left hand under her right arm when he was shot.

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    The problem is they waited until she was 9 to start her Uzi training - most kids should be Uzi-proficient by 6 at the latest.
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    Let's see. A nine-year-old with an Uzi on a gun range. Oh, yeah. That's going to turn out well.
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    Poor kid. She's got to live with this.

    Fucking uzi?? What in the fuck is wrong with people? Who is the ever-loving fuck needs an uzi?

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    Well the range owner says they start training kids on uzi use at 8 so she was old enough. The younger kids can only use non-automatic weapons.
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    I've been reading about the story on other sites.

    Apparently, the Uzi is a notoriously difficult gun to handle even for an adult. One person, who served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) said that they were told multiple times that if they ever put their Uzi on automatic, they would automatically be court martialed.

    It also kind of dovetails with the recent story of the guy who was killed on a gun range by the PTSD soldier he was trying to treat through "shooting therapy".

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/04/justic...sniper-killed/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post





    Gun experts contacted by CNN on Wednesday said young children should be taught to shoot with single-shot firearms rather than submachine guns.

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    What a brilliant statement. I'm just dumbfounded by the ignorance of people.
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    This place is basically a Hooters with machine guns. What could go wrong?

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    She wants to join some militia group!! I don't think she's too scarred
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    there are children guns!
    ok. ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Poor kid. She's got to live with this.

    Fucking uzi?? What in the fuck is wrong with people? Who is the ever-loving fuck needs an uzi?
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    Gun experts contacted by CNN on Wednesday said young children should be taught to shoot with single-shot firearms rather than submachine guns.
    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    What a brilliant statement. I'm just dumbfounded by the ignorance of people.
    yeah, that statement almost made me laugh. how about: young children should not be taught to shoot at all.
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    The story went that the instructor allowed her to fire a single shot, then HE switched the gun to automatic fire mode and when the gun kicked back (and yeah, I watched the video), she was unable to control it. Gun swung left and blasted the guy in the head. Stupid, ignorant stuff.
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