This particular gun range at the Last Stop in White Hills, AZ, offers a chance to shoot automatic weapons among all the fun stuff such as 6 different ice cold beers on tap, burgers, RV parking, and even a "Bullets and Burgers" special. Apparently, they even allow little bitty young girls to fire a powerful automatic weapon, an Uzi perhaps capable of firing 30 rounds per second.
Per freaking second!
One such little girl (pictured below), killed her instructor, the recoil proving too much for her to handle.
At least one expert found safety procedures at the Last Stop lacking:
Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot. He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.
"You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said. http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/charles-vacca-arizona-shooting-instructor-accidentally- killed-by-9-year-old-girl-officials-say-1.9160517
My admiration for those who teach little children about gun rights holds second to no one. My defense of the Bill of Rights extends to right to owning a firearm, found in the Second Amendment. Nevertheless, stupid has no defense under the Constitution. Accordingly, the National Rifle Association machine gun in every hand stance goes too far and leads to countless tragedies.
It just seems civil societies should set some reasonable restrictions on gun ownership, use, and even practice. The average citizen ought to make do with a revolver or two for self defense and we ought to have some sort of competency test to own semi-automatic weapons such as an AR-15 or even more powerful weapons.
Daily, somewhere in this great country, some stupid head unintentionally kills someone. People continually kill others because they violate the cardinal rules of responsible gun ownership.
One: do not, under ANY circumstances, point a weapon at someone unless you intend to kill that person. If people would follow that rule, it will save lives. Who knows, that rule could save my life someday.
Second, always treat every weapon as loaded and able to kill or injure until you verify it as empty. Always verify the weapon as unloaded and has no round in the chamber. For an automatic, simply taking out the magazine might mean a round remains in the firing chamber. Break open the breach to verify it as empty and manually clear the breach if loaded.
Lastly, never leave a round in the firing chamber if either an automatic or revolver weapon. Guns go off even if they have a safety on,
Picture of little girl just before fatal shooting, the girl who will have
to live evermore with this tragic memory.
Grateful Dead: "Dire Wolf"
"....Please don't murder me..."