Groupon selling Uzi target practice same week girl shoots Uzi instructor dead

Only days after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her firearms instructor to death with an Uzi submachine gun, Groupon is offering its subscribers target practice packages that include Uzis.

Groupon initially shut down its gun packages after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newton, Connecticut, where nearly two dozen young grade school kids were shot to death. The packages however started up again six months later.

Here’s one from Groupon’s Florida operation. It, and the deal below from Texas, include Uzis:

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And here’s Texas:

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The AR-15, also mentioned in the above ad, is the weapon used by Adam Lanza to kill the schoolchildren in Newtown.

Gun safety advocates were not amused by the latest news.

“It’s clear now that Groupon’s concern after Newtown was about perceptions, not the underlying problem of gun violence,” said Naomi Seligman, director of the Gun Truth Project, which has successfully campaigned against gun-range deals in the past. “They’re putting aside the safety of their customers to service their own bottom line.”

The Uzi accident earlier this week happened in Las Vegas, after some tourists thought it would be a good idea to train their daughter how to shoot an Uzi submachine gun. The instructor set the 9-year-old girl’s gun on automatic, which lets the gun shoot 600 bullets per minute, and the girl quickly lost control of the gun, swinging around and shooting her instructor in the head. He later died.

The 9-year-old girl moments before she lost control of the Uzi and shot her instructor in the head, killing him.

The 9-year-old girl moments before she lost control of the Uzi and shot her instructor in the head, killing him.


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