While the NRA response to a 9-year-old girl killing her firearms instructor Charles Vacca while shooting an Uzi was to tweet about “7 different ways” kids can have fun firing off their boomsticks, many of us (like the owner of the shooting range) wonder how this sort of thing could have happened.
The little girl, who is devastated by the accidental killing, told her mother that the weapon was “too much for her,” according to a police report, and most of the rest of the world agrees. The gun range owner, however, just wants to know how giving a 9-year-old girl an Uzi could possibly have disastrous consequences.
“We really don’t know what happened. Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they’re shooting. 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.”
What? Their guys are properly trained, and dangerous weapons can still do harm? Do tell!
Of course, getting to the bottom of things would be much easier if the [email protected]#$ing release forms weren’t “blown away by the wind.”
That’s right — when police attempted to obtain the consent forms signed by the little girl’s parents, staff revealed that the documents were gone with the wind. According to a report by Sgt. J. Thien,
Deputy B. Cassidy then searched, without any success, for the documents.
How tight of a ship could this gun range possibly run if the aftermath of an accidental shooting is reminiscent of a scene from Looney Toons?
Since the shooting, the girl has been complaining of shoulder pain. According to county prosecutors, the instructor was the most criminally negligent person involved, as he allowed her to hold the weapon with insufficient training.
h/t: Talking Points Memo