The Bullets and Burgers gun range in Mohave County, near Las Vegas, Ariz., allows kids between 8 and 17 to use the range, as long as they’re accompanied by their parents.
The shooting was caught on video by the girl’s parents, who filmed as instructor Charlie Vacca instructed the girl on how to handle the gun, first adjusting her grip and stance. The girl, dressed in pink shorts, can be seen firing one round, after which Mr. Vacca adjusts her grip. Then several rounds go off, and the girl loses control of the weapon, which keeps firing as it lifts up and back. Vacca died at a nearby hospital."
Christian Science Monitor article: Girl, 9, accidentally kills Uzi instructor Web Link
Interesting story. The instructor was killed, but it could have been even much worse. The parents, who were videotaping the event, could also have been easily killed by bullets spraying from the out-of-control uzi. Finally, the girl herself could have been killed as well.
The word "gun" has become so loaded that it automatically triggers strong emotions on both sides, so let me invent a more neutral sounding word to describe this situation. Let me define a device of tool used for ejecting small gram-sized bits of metal at high speeds a "deegel". A "deegel" is a tool that can be used for amusement such as target shooting, but can also be used to hunt game such as wild boars and deer by pointing the device at the animal and pulling a little trigger mechanism on the "deegel". Naturally, the "deegel" gives off a little bit of a recoil when it ejects a bit of metal at high speed, so it must be operated with extreme care. The difficulty of controlling a "deegel" is compounded when it is put into "automatic" mode because then the "deegel" rapidly and continuously ejects a series of high-speed bits of metal for as long as its trigger mechanism is pulled in. So here is the question: Is it wise to allow a 9-year old girl to operate a "deegel" in automatic mode if she is supervised by an adult?