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Girl, 9, kills Arizona shooting instructor with Uzi in accident


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#1 Ice_Blue



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 23:28

TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor at an Arizona range with an Israeli-made Uzi submachine gun when the weapon's strong recoil caused her to lose control of her aim, police said on Tuesday.

They said that Charles Vacca, 39, had been standing next to the girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills near the Nevada border on Monday morning showing her how to fire the automatic weapon.

When she pulled the trigger, the recoil forced her aim over her head, and Vacca was shot in the head, according to a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office statement.

Vacca was airlifted to nearby Las Vegas, where he was pronounced dead. A spokesman for the sheriff’s department did not know how many times Vacca was shot or what model of Uzi the girl was firing.




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Posted 26 August 2014 - 23:41

i see therapy in her future.


That being said i'm not quite sure why a 9 year old needs to be handling guns.


It's one of those things were you think... uh ...what did you think was going to happen when the 9 year old girl was going to pull the trigger, she was going to bad ass like an action hero? ... uh no that gun is going to kick her ass... and apparently yours too.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 23:41

I understand teaching your kids how to shoot, and proper weapon safety ... but it is obvious she is not old enough and/or strong enough to handle such a weapon. The instructor should have realized this.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 23:45

sorry but a kid should not be touching any weapons

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 00:02

No reason why kids can't shoot guns. However an Uzi is a bit much....I question the intelligence of a person who thought handing a fully automatic weapon to a 9 year old would be a good idea. Try teaching them to shoot something most people will actually own and a 9 year old girl can handle. A .22 caliber pistol or rifle would have been a better choice.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:50

I'm sorry but he was an idiot for thinking that a nine-year old girl would be able to safely operate a dangerous weapon with extreme kickback. It's one thing to teach children about weapons and show them how to use appropriate firearms, like a pistol; it's another entirely to give them a fully automatic weapon and think they'd be able to handle it after minimum training (from the video it looks like she'd only fired a single shot in non-automatic mode). Even adults have a tough time firing Uzis, as the kickback causes you to keep on the trigger.


The only sympathy I have is for the girl, who will have to live with this for the rest of her life.  :(

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:07

No reason why kids can't shoot guns.


Other than common sense.


Do they vote?

Do they drive?

Do they operate site machinery?


No, all common sense.  But weapons, sure go right ahead.  IT'S OUR RIGHTS! #Whatever


Sure, have your little nonsense gun laws, I'm not even gonna go down the same tired argument... But come on, giving a kid a deadly (case in point) weapon is ridiculous.  Make an age limit as per other common sense laws.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:09

That's why I always load my uzi with blanks.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:12

Rest in Peace Charles Vacca.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:20

Oh dear, what the **** is going through peeps heads giving a 9yo kid such a weapon, even to hold, let alone loaded.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:22

Terribly unnecessary incident.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:30

No reason why kids can't shoot guns.


Just wow.  Such conditioning.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:32

Parents should be held responsible. Who in their right mind lets their 9 year old shoot guns.. Next you know they're given knives to go decapitate someone. Don't really see the difference between this and the idiot fanatics in the middle east right now..


Take their kids away and send them to jail for putting their kids in harms way and causing fatal injury.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:42

No reason why kids can't shoot guns.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:47

Is it wrong my first thought was 'Guns don't kill people, little girls kill people.'


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