The ongoing debate on bearing arms in the USA has reached a new high. Today CNN US reported how a nine-year-old girl who was learning how to shoot on a gun range accidentally shot her instructor in the head. The trainer Charles Vacca died Monday morning when the incident occurred.
There are many questions about this sad story. Mothers around the world would ask why did this happen? Is it a family issue or is it a legal issue? In fact it is both.
First of all why are minors allowed to learn how to fire a gun. According to federal statistics, there are guns in more than one third of all U.S. households. There is the growing controversy about parents allowing their children to learn how to use a gun with good points made on either side of the debate.
Whether or not parents make the choice to keep a gun in their home, their children will undoubtedly be exposed to them. Many feel that parents who have guns in their homes can never be too careful. Children are remarkably crafty and can find the guns and the bullets too.
With that in mind, the other side of the debate becomes, educating your children in gun safety is a necessity for all children whether the parents own a gun or not. Children can get their hands on guns in their homes or can get their hands on a gun that comes from a friend’s home.
In this particular story reported today, this little girl was only nine years of age. She was learning to use a machine gun, a weapon so powerful that it is sometimes hard to handle by an adult, yet she was just a little girl. She was handling an Uzi which she no doubt did not have the upper body strength necessary to handle any machine gun. If anything she should have been learning to shot a single gun, even a rifle would be too much for such a little girl.
Sadly this is not the first case of a child handling a machine gun. In 2008 the case of a Massachusetts 8-year-old boy, Christopher Bizilj made news when he lost control and accidentally killed himself with an uzi.
Children 8 to 17 can learn to shoot machine guns at a firing range in Arizona and elsewhere across the land. It is therefore legal but far from ethical.
According to The Well Armed Women online site, “To handle a gun and then shot, should never be taking lightly. In 1999, 3,385 children and youth ages 0-19 years were killed with a gun. This includes homicides, suicides, and unintentional injuries.”
The Well Armed Women site suggests that it because there is so much violent and home invasions in America that anyone owning a gun in their home should make sure children are taught to use to use them responsibly in order to avoid accidents.
Children are curious and they will try out the gun, so why not teach them how to properly use one for safety purposes.
No doubt the debate will continue; but, for many women the dire consequences are insurmountable.