A weapon of war shouldn't have been in young hands

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I’d have to think long and hard before I could come up with something more moronic than ignoring warnings and going surfing on 20-foot waves in water getting lashed by a nearby tropical storm. This stupefying scenario played out recently on our Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

OK, I lied. It took me only a few seconds to think of something more moronic. That would be allowing a 9-year-old child to handle a loaded open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine gun.

This mechanism of mayhem, commonly called an Uzi, has seen action from the killing fields of Vietnam to the current civil war raging in Syria, and, just recently, at a shooting range in Arizona.

The poor child whose Uzi accidentally killed a firearms instructor at the Bullets and Burgers firing range will likely endure a lifetime of unspeakable anguish, as will the instructor’s family.

Notice that I said her gun killed the instructor. The young girl did not. Contrary to what surreal spin the National Rifle Association puts on the tragedy — and not that it needed further validation — guns do indeed kill people.

I hope there is something learned from this horrific incident. More than likely, however, weapons of war will continue to be placed in the hands of kids not strong enough to control them. This time, it was Bullets and Burgers. Give it time before we see the grand opening of Howitzers and Hot Dogs.



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