Regarding “Shooting by Girl, 9, Stirs Debate Over Guns” (Aug. 28): As expected, there’s a plethora of anti-gun blather, some from people, reporters included, who perhaps would not know the difference between a “selective fire weapon” and a Model T Ford.
Other things aside, it strikes me that the instructor was careless in allowing an inexperienced child to handle a submachine gun or selective fire weapon. I also wonder as to the attitude of the parents. A .22 caliber rifle, OK, but why on earth any sort of arm capable of full automatic fire?
My wife, a retired social worker and agency director, offered the following: What of the facility owner and the parents of this child? Since he is dead, the instructor is beyond criticism, she notes. As for this 9-year-old girl, how might this affair affect her?
By the way, what I expect from media and some members of the public, the usual anti-gun blather, answers none of the above questions, or any other reasonable questions as might be raised.