The parents of a 9-year-old girl from New Jersey, visiting Las Vegas, thought it would be a neat idea to teach their fourth grader how to shoot an Uzi.
An Uzi is a submachine gun. The kind of gun that when you hold the trigger down it just keeps shooting and shooting.
So they took the child to the Last Stop, a combination extreme shooting range and burger joint where kids and adults can shoot machine guns and launch grenades.
Oh, and they throw in a free burger too.
So guess what happened next?
After shooting one shot, the instructor told the girl “all right,” and then switched the machine gun to fully automatic — where if you hold down the trigger the thing keeps shooting 10 bullets per second. The child was unable to control the rapid-fire machine gun, swiveled while shooting it, and shot her instructor in the head, killing him.
Yes, who could have imagined that handing a 9-year-old girl a machine gun might lead to carnage?
Interestingly, the NYT story on this is focusing a lot on the shoot-em-up burger joint, and not at all on the parents of a 9 year-old girl who thought it would be a neat idea to train their young grade schooler on a weapon of war.
The man is dead. The girl is scarred for life. And the parents? Proud defenders of the Second Amendment.
Are we a great country, or what?