The opening sentence of the article in USA Today says it all:
An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun fair.
This is insane on so many levels. Nearly every word of that sentence is just wrong…. a veritable countdown of wrongness… want to know what I really think???
8 year old boy: great. We love eight year old boys. Spent much of last night running around with one at the National Zoo. Great things, eight year old boys.
8 year old boy + gun fair: not so great, but I’ll grant you, some Americans believe its our Constitutional right to bear arms. Not our right to bare arms, or our right to arm bears. People with weapons. I’ll live with it, but I don’t have to like it.
8 year old boy + gun fair + UZI SUBMACHINE GUN: Now is where I say, leave the kids at home and go play with deadly weapons on grown up time. WTF? Why on earth does any child need to look at an UZI? Let alone touch one. Let alone…
8 year old boy + gun fair+ fires UZI… under adult supervision. I’ve got only one question: WHY? WHY? WHY?
The Uzi is not a finesse weapon. You wouldn’t hunt deer or turkey with an Uzi semiautomatic machine gun. The things are capable of firing up to 600 rounds per minute. Not much turkey left to put on the Thanksgiving table when an Uzi gets through with it — and the weapons aren’t known for their pinpoint accuracy. I don’t know how much force the gun kicks out when fired but again I ask… why? Why on earth is an eight year old firing a weapon whose sole purpose is to kill other human beings?
And for an eight year old, at a gun fair, shooting an Uzi, to die shooting himself in the head while under adult supervision? We’ve lost our minds, people. We have completely. lost. our. minds. My five year old would have no doubt in his mind that he could shoot that gun, that it would be fun, and that no harm could come of it. I wonder if that eight year old believed the same?? And now he’s gone. He’s dead. He will never plan another Halloween costume or TP his neighbor’s trees, because some adult with less than perfect judgment thought it would be ok to let a child shoot a semiautomatic MACHINE GUN. Don’t we have enough problems with children the world over losing their innocence too young, and being forced into violence and soldiery? Must we play at it, too? Must we?
I’m going to bed. It’s hard enough to birth a child and raise him or her right, with all this going around messing with this sort of stuff. This single mother is tired of the way we’re behaving. Where is my mind?