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Accidental Uzi Killing Stirs Debate

In this Aug. 25 image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff Department, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca in the head. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff Department)

"All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed. The death 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. The shooting has also revived the story of the 2008 death of 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj of Connecticut, who died when he accidentally shot himself at the Westfield Sportsmen's Club during a machine gun shoot. Bizilj was firing at pumpkins when the Uzi kicked back/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do your children know how to handle a gun?




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