BUT why does anyone need a gun.
Homes get broken into in Europe but we don't have guns??????????????
Do you think there is no crime in Europe?
Until the US does away with guns, kids will still keep killing kids and what for?
Any unhappy child can pick up a gun and use it?????
200 old yr Law!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please............I want to be friends but this is ridiculous???????
This poor kid now grows up knowing that she killed a person.
I seriously doubt that the parents have enough brains to understand what they have done?
My deep condolences to the instructor's family...
and to the poor kid...
what a horrid memory she's got to deal with for the rest of her life.
I got no problem with teaching a pre or young teen that has demonstrated consistent responsible behaviour, the basics of firearms safety.
For more than a century, quite literally thousands of kids that age learned how to handle a gun.
In extreme rural areas, EVERYONE helps put food on the table and rifle toting kids were often their farm's front line Varmint Patrol.
Of course every able body helps defend the homestead.
((Sure a squirrel gun won't to stop a bear, but a well placed bullet stands a good chance of changing the mind of a marauding Coyote, Wolf or Puma to finding easier prey.))
The problem here was the weapon in question.
There is a world of difference between a .22 cal and a .9mm Uzi - ESPECIALLY on full auto!!
Having some military training, I know 1st hand just how difficult a sub-machine gun can be to control. Hell, I had a trouble getting used to the recoil pattern and I was twice her age!
I mean no disrespect to the instructor's memory or his family, but that was a tragedy waiting to happen from the moment the fire selector switch was changed.
You can see from the video that even on "single shot" she was having some trouble with the recoil.
Isn't a hunting rifle adequate for people living in Rural areas.
If other Country's can live without them why not the USA
My heart goes out to this poor kid it really does.
It's an awesome sentiment, but as much as I'd like to agree with you, "no guns at all" is impractical in a world run by greed & unrestricted ego driven desires.
Even primitive cultures know an effective distance weapon is pretty well vital for long term survival & self defense...
unless you're truly at peace with your maker and have no qualms about being just another link in the food chain.
((Though I gotta say I've never seen anyone walking around wearing a "Proud to be the future site of apex predator scat" T-shirt.))
Yes, a hunting rifle & a 12 ga. shotgun make a good combo for the rural home (hunting and defense).
There are VERY few situations where a military design, fully automatic firearm would be required...
and ALL of them involve HUMAN VS HUMAN conflicts.
As I said, the problem here was the weapon in question.
In case it didn't come through clear enough,
I think kids & machine guns are as wise a combo as a paint-mixer with a jar of Nitroglycerine.
If that place wanted to offer the "full auto experience for the whole family", they should have made sure they had weapons that could be SAFELY used by all.
There are a number of guns that would have been MUCH better choices:
An American 180 or a .22LR modded Ruger 10/22 or HK MP5 are all WAAAAAAY easier to control.
Only experienced shooters should be given access to guns like Uzis, Ingrams & others that fire larger caliber ammo.
There is something in the USA people's ideology that just does not compute.
A gun is a gun, it kills people!
I'm not sure I understand...
because we do actually agree on the basic points.
I'm not an American, but I can understand the reason it's in the ideology given the history of the country's formation. It is explained by the amendment itself - a legally armed populace is the last line of defense to prevent domination by a landed armed external force or takeover by tyrannical government.
Yes guns kill - after all, that is their designed purpose. I even stressed that certain weapons (like machine guns) were specifically designed for use against human targets.
This incident was an accident; The girl held absolutely NO intent to kill the instructor. IMHO, it's the direct result of the range providing improper equipment to inexperienced users.
I respect your opinion & I know you're a bit hard-pressed keeping up with the replies, so you don't need to respond to this.
BUT surely in 2014 an 'armed populace??????????' most of the people with guns would run and hide?
Most of the European Country's can do without weapons why not the USA
Yes I know the US Constitution which was made so long ago.
This poor kid!
I hope the parents are given some good lessons and counselling because this is just so bloody ridiculous!