I grew up with guns and as you know I am retired military. No guns is not something I would agree with, as someone who has had their home broken into while I was there. What I can say is this instructor was an idiot (and now he is dead for that) for putting an automatic weapon in the hands of a 9 year old and not only that, putting it on auto, which she was not capable of handling. I got my first gun at 12 and it was a bolt action single shot rifle, as it should have been. I do not agree with putting a weapon in that hands of anyone as young as she is because at that age children are still growing, learning and not strong enough to handle or understand the implications of a weapon. I was raised to respect them and no one in my family ever shot anyone. But, back to the idiot instructor, he has paid the price for his stupidity and unfortunately the little girl is probably going to need psychological help for a long time to understand it wasn't her fault. As for the firing range she was at, I hope they have good insurance because even though it was the instructor's fault, they should not allow anyone as young as her to fire there.
I wish there wasn't a need for guns, I really do. But there is evil in this world and it is not going away, it is getting worse. Just like a certain book told is it would. Here in the states, it is our right to bare arms and we take it very seriously.
Yes I know you have this Right but this Ruling was made Centuries ago. Do you think there is no crime in Europe? There is. 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?????
Your not seeing the whole picture, Jenny...I am sorry, but your not. Oh and our second amendment right to bare arms is only a couple hundred years old, 1787 to to be exact. Doing away with guns will not stop the problem, if someone, kids included, wants to kill they will find another way. What makes me so angry is no one wants to deal with the real problem, kids growing up without guidance from their parents, no grounding in church or taught moral values. Then there is the violent video games, which I think should be band, insane violence on TV and in movies. We have bread a couple generations of selfish, desensitized, think they are entitled, humans. Not to mention that even in good families, parents hands are tied because people think it is wrong for there to be punishment or consequences for bad behavior (I know I got spanked when I needed it). So, removing the guns is not the problem, society IS the problem and until we start dealing with the real issues, nothing is going to change.