9-Yr-Old Girl Loses Control Of Uzi, Kills Shooting Instructor
August 27, 2014 7:12am PST
A 9-year-old New Jersey girl was on vacation with her parents on Monday, when the group decided to visit a gun range in Las Vegas. Shooting instructor and Army veteran, Charles Vacca, helped the little girl fire an Uzi at the Bullets and Burgers gun range, where you can grab a cheeseburger and shoot any of their wide variety of automatic weapons.
MailOnline reported the details of the tragic event which unfolded:
Vacca is seen to instruct the girl to hold the weapon with two hands at all times and to take a perpendicular stance to the target.
Then Vacca asks her to fire one shot for him, which she does.
Then, Vacca tells the girl to adjust her stance and squeeze the trigger to let off a volley, but something goes wrong when she fires a second time.
The girl loses her two-handed grip on the weapon and it pulls to her left, striking Vacca in the head.
Vacca’s last ominous words were, “Alright, full auto.” He sustained more than one shot to the head when his young student lost control of the weapon. Vacca was airlifted to University Medical Center, where he died around 9pm that evening from his wounds.
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Bullets and Burgers is a licensed and legal facility, so no charges will be brought against them resulting from this tragic incident. Range operator Sam Scarmardo was shocked by what occurred. “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,” remarked Scarmardo.
Liberals are sure to have a field day using this story to proclaim how unsafe guns are, even when used at a gun range. What’s important to remember, is that this is not the norm and was a preventable accident. “This is a rarity for something like this to happen,” said a spokesperson for the Mojave County Sheriff’s Department.
A tiny 9-year-old girl should not be put in control of a weapon such as this. A submachine gun has it’s place, just not in the hands of a child. Arizona gun laws require an individual to be at least 18-years-old to carry a firearm, but the laws do not apply on private property, or if the minor is accompanied by a parent or a certified instructor.
Mohave County Sheriff, Jim McCabe, told Fox News, “It’s so easy for us to go back and look at something that’s very tragic and say, ‘Boy! Why did that occur? That should not have happened because of.’ Well, maybe from now on, that ‘because of’ will be in place.”
Let us know what you think of this tragic accident in the comments section.
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