Who’s at Fault When a Child Kills a Man with an Uzi? Apparently, Nobody.

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Last week in Arizona, a 9 year old girl accidently shot and killed her instructor at a gun range while being taught how to fire an Uzi submachine.

The fact that this man was killed is awful, but let’s step back for a second and take in something that is even more appalling: A 9 year old was deliberately given a submachine gun, a gun that’s used in drive by shootings and Israeli assassination attempts, and killed her instructor.

Color me shocked.

I have to be fair and state that accidental gun deaths have declined over the years, but what did her idiot parents and the owner of the gun range think would happen when a fourth grader was given a weapon with fully automatic capabilities. That she’d hit her target?

And here’s a better question: What the hell is a fourth grader doing firing an Uzi? Is she some international assassin? Has she been ordered to off a Crip in a gang war?

What is even more shocking is that most gun nuts in America believe that this death was simply an accident rather than criminal negligence on the part of the gun range and parents.

Everyone involved in the instructors death, except the child, is entirely at fault here.

1) The instructor basically did everything wrong.

For starters, he gave a kid an automatic weapon to fire. Gun safety experts say that most people, even adults, should start weapons training by firing pistols with only a few bullets in the clip. The fact that a person, even a trained instructor, trusted a little girl to safely use a weapon with more than 2 or 3 rounds in the clip, is incomprehensible.

The instructor’s second mistake was that he was in the kid’s line of fire, which obviously, isn’t the most ideal place to be. Granted the gun jumped from her hand, but he should have been aware of that risk and changed his position accordingly.

2) Her parents are more at fault than the instructor.

Her father was the first one in the party to fire the Uzi, so he knew how powerful the automatic weapon was, but he handed his daughter the gun anyway. After shooting her instructor, one of the first things the girl said was that the gun was too much for her and that it had hurt her shoulder. Surprise, surprise.

3) The gun range should also be held criminally and civilly accountable for failure to use reasonable care by allowing a child to fire an automatic weapon around people, which led to the death and employee.

But although giving a fourth grader a gun might as well be a crime against humanity, it isn’t considered a crime of any kind in Arizona, because the state law that prohibits a minor from using firearms doesn’t extend to private property. The gun range also isn’t criminally culpable because it is a licensed establishment.

Instead, county prosecutors said that the only person who would be considered criminally negligent is the instructor.

How preposterous is that?

What’s even worse than this man dying is that the girl will blame herself for killing her instructor instead of blaming the people who put her in the position to do so, and she will have to carry that burden for the rest of her life.

This incident should shed light on how absurd access to guns is in America. Arizona is one of 21 states that has no laws preventing access to guns from children as long as there is adult supervision.

An Uzi is not a gun for a kid. No gun is a gun for a kid. Children should never be allowed to play with firearms and it defies common sense to give a 9 year old an Uzi. Blame should land on all parties involved and I want to see someone in jail.

About Eric Bates

Eric received his B.S. in political science with an emphasis in international relations from Santa Clara University in 2012. Upon graduating, he traveled and worked for a non-profit in Central America. He is a religious viewer of Conan O’Brien and also loves traveling. Eric is attending San Jose State University's graduate school program to receive a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. He can be reached at ebates0@gmail.com.
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