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Nine y/o girl learns important firearm lesson

Every little girl needs an Uzi. Right?

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Arizona firearms instructor accidentally shot and killed by nine-year-old girl

A firearms instructor has died after he was shot by a nine-year-old girl when she fired an Uzi at a shooting range in the Arizona desert.

Mohave County sheriff’s officials said 39-year-old Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, died at the hospital on Monday after he was shot at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range.

Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Vacca was standing next to the girl when she pulled the trigger. The gun recoiled and it went over her head.

The paper reported that the girl had successfully fired the 9mm weapon several times in “single-shot” mode before Vacca changed the setting to “fully automatic” mode.

“The guy just dropped,” McCabe said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The sheriff said the instructor was shot at least once in the head.

Sheriff’s officials said Vacca was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he died hours later.

Arizona law prohibits minors from possessing a firearm unless they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or an instructor, among other exceptions. Deputies said the 9-year-old girl was at the shooting range with her parents.

McCabe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that no citations will be issued nor charges filed against the shooting range.

Arizona Last Stop is a roughly 30-acre property in the Mohave desert, which creates a “Desert Storm” atmosphere for shooters, their websites says.

At the range, guests can take guided tours that include a private range and a certified ex-military firearms instructor. The tours require children to be at least 8 years old and stipulate that minors under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian at all times.

At the range, shooters can choose their firearm among a range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons. Their website boasts: “At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns. Let ‘em Rip!” The range did not return requests for comment from the Guardian
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There are several examples of this very scenario in the Shooting gallery. Tragic and utterly avoidable. I wish all shootings in this country took place at gun ranges...human targets hopefully not part of that equation.
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Is there a reason this isn't in the shooting gallery thread?

Or could you not find it with the new format?



At least for that instructor, it really was the "last stop." Sad.
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Lots of stupid to go around here. The incident was recorded on video, and the little girl had already demonstrated an inability to adequately manage the weapon's recoil. I only hope Social Services gets involved in examining the involvement of the parents -- this child is likely scarred for life by a conspiracy of stupid. And let's not even talk about the genius conspirator who's dead...
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What? Another tragic injury or death? We must do the correct thing and give up some rights. Everybody in or
you are immoral.
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What? Another tragic injury or death? We must do the correct thing and give up some rights. Everybody in or
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You mean the right to be stupid?

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If we eradicated stupid u couldn't post here.
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Is there a reason this isn't in the shooting gallery thread?

Or could you not find it with the new format?



At least for that instructor, it really was the "last stop." Sad.
I'll be honest, I've come to loathe that thread. It trivializes each individual tragedy by virtue of sheer volume. Each incident is important. Each involves a tragic loss of life that might have easily been avoided. Each deserves its own thread.

Just my opinion, mods do not offend by merging as they see fit.
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If we eradicated stupid u couldn't post here.
If you aren't yet embarrassed by the mindless partisan caricature you've become, I suppose you'll never be.
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