Latest gun nut / Darwin Award story

A 9-year-old girl at a shooting range outside Las Vegas accidentally killed an instructor on Monday morning when she lost control of the Uzi he was showing her how to use.

A partial video of the incident — which does not show the instructor being shot — shows a slender young girl in a ponytail and pink shorts beside a man clad in camouflage pants, a black T-shirt and sunglasses. “Allriiight!” he says, congratulating her after she fires the gun in single-shot mode. “All right, full auto!” he says. Then comes a spray of bullets and a child’s scream before the video cuts off.

The girl, whose name wasn’t released, visited the outdoor shooting range while vacationing with her parents. She’d fired the 9mm weapon, designed for use by the Israeli defense forces in the 1940s, several times in single-shot mode. But when it was set to fully automatic, the weapon recoiled and she lost control.

“The guy just dropped,” Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The instructor, Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head. He was airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital where he died Monday night…

Sorry, folks – but, the only victim that concerns me in this episode of stupidity is the little girl. The incident will burn in her memory for the rest of her life.

The stupidity rests with her parents and especially with the instructor who thought arm muscle, reflexes, hand and eye coordination in a 9-year-old girl were adequate for a first-time experience firing a full automatic firearm.

The range owner, other instructors, all the NRA-types will take refuge in laws and regulations. Written and enforced by idjits.

Thanks, Mike

8 comments

  1. Now will be then later

    “Making Bad Memories Go Away Is No Longer Science Fiction, According to New Research” http://www.bustle.com/articles/37736-making-bad-memories-go-away-is-no-longer-science-fiction-according-to-new-research
    See also http://time.com/3194849/how-memories-are-made-and-manipulated/ – includes links to “Bidirectional switch of the valence associated with a hippocampal contextual memory engram” and an entirely separate research project: “Xenon Impairs Reconsolidation of Fear Memories in a Rat Model of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0106189

  2. Handful of dust

    “…According to the police report, the MacLachlan family was vacationing in Las Vegas when they decided to take a shuttle across the border to The Last Stop Burger and Bullets in White Hills, Arizona. The 9-year-old girl along with her brother, sister and parents took a monster truck ride before heading to the shooting range, police said. Alex MacLachlan was the first to shoot a weapon, he told police, and after that Vacca instructed the daughter on how to shoot the machine gun. Vacca helped the girl fire the 9mm mini Uzi at first and then stepped back to let her hold the weapon by herself.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/father-9-year-old-fatally-shot-gun-instructor-uzi-rich-wealth-advisor-new-jersey-article-1.1929642

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