I’m catching up from news throughout the week and I just can’t believe this story.
If you don’t feel like clicking on the link, the reader’s digest version is that an 8-year-old Connecticut boy attended a gun show with his father. His father gave him permission to fire an UZI with live rounds while a certified specialist from the gun club supervised. The kid fired, lost control due to the recoil, and ended up shooting himself fatally in the head.
OK, look…I want to get a few things straight here. I am not some leftist moonbat who wants to ban all guns. I believe in the second amendment to a point. I think responsible gun owners should be able to bear arms for hunting, home protection, etc. I believe very much in gun laws and heavy restrictions, but I think it is wrong for the government to ban guns completely.
That having been said, I do not believe there is any reason that people — military personnel notwithstanding — should be able to have automatic weapons. And I certainly don’t think an 8-year-old should be firing any gun, nevermind a friggin UZI.
But let’s stick with the incident and the poor kid who died. First of all, the gun show PROMOTED itself as a family event. I think there’s something very wrong with that in and of itself. Second — and I’m speaking strictly as a parent now — the father of this child should be ashamed of himself. I know he’s going through a grief that’s unimaginable right now and I pity him for that, but it’s a grief that was completely avoidable on his part. He gave his 8-year-old son permission to fire a fully-loaded UZI. Now I’ve never fired a gun (nor do I want to) so I don’t know how strong the recoil on an UZI is. But that just doesn’t matter. Because an 8-year-old should never have come in contact with an automatic weapon. And it’s not like the kid went behind his dad’s back and did this on his own…the dad GAVE HIM PERMISSION and was taking a picture as his son killed himself. That’s sick and completely irresponsible as a parent.
And make no mistake, partial blame belongs with the gun show and the certified “safety” attendant who was supposed to be supervising everything. I know guns are big business, but don’t you think a grown man who is trained to handle guns on a daily basis would think to himself “Gee, I’m not sure if a little kid should be using an UZI. Maybe I should put a stop to this.” The lack of common sense in this case is literally deadly.
Groups like the NRA are already trying to spin this, and that’s expected. Guns don’t kill people — people kill people. Whatever. That’s all well and good but in this case a little boy was killed BECAUSE OF A GUN. So, in fact, guns do kill people. Especially automatic weapons, whose sole purpose is for expedient killing. Seriously, how can you argue that? Who goes deer hunting with an UZI? It’s just ridiculous.
I know there are some of you out there who are gun owners and you’re probably teaching your kids to shoot as well. While I don’t agree with that and will expressly forbid my own son from firing a gun until he’s 18 years old, I won’t knock it and I wouldn’t want to see that end. I know the vast majority of gun owners fall into the responsible category, and in many families it’s a time honored tradition to learn how to shoot and go hunting. I’m OK with that. But I’m not OK with an 8-year-old firing an UZI and I’m not OK with that boy’s father being OK with it. That was wrong. Dead wrong.
I hope this boy’s death is not totally in vain and perhaps this incident will help bring about the elimination of civilians owning automatic weapons. And for those against gun control…well, explain to me how you continue to make your arguments when there’s an 8-year-old boy needlessly in the morgue because he accidentally shot himself in the head with an UZI?
You don’t have to be Father of the Year to know that 8-year-old + loaded UZI = tragedy. Just awful.