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Charles Vacca, a shooting instructor, has died after a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head as he taught her how to use a submachine gun, believed to be an Uzi. The incident took place at a shooting range in Dolan Springs, Arizona, where the girl was with her parents. Mohave County Sheriff

PHOENIX — The death of a firing-range instructor at the hands of a 9-year-old girl bracing an Uzi submachine gun has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle an Uzi.

As the girl opened fire at a black-silhouette target, the recoil wrenched the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor was shot in the head and killed.

Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger.

The instructor’s death generated angry social-media comments about why a child was allowed to use an automatic weapon. Many readers expressed sympathy for the girl while questioning whether the adults at the gun range were to blame.

Written by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press
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6 thoughts on “Deadly shooting of instructor by 9-year-old girl with uzi ignites furious debate over children and guns”
  1. It’s not an “accident”. It’s poor judgment on the part of all adults involved. I’ve never shot an Uzi in full auto, but I have shot other automatic weapons at ranges. The recoil in auto is far harder to control than in single-shot mode on any weapon. No child of that age could be expected to properly physically compensate for reiterative recoil! The same effect also caused a boy in Connecticut to shoot himself fatally in the forehead. This is like giving your car keys to a kid and expecting them to drive without an adult’s hand on the wheel. It was totally preventable.

      1. Understood 😉 I got irritated with all the news headlines calling it “accident”, as if it was some random, unavoidable twist of fate instead of human error.

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