Isn't it about time the USA got rid of their gun mentality? Corrected; If they have one...

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Quoting johnv: No? surely taking on a job of teaching 9 year old girls how to use Uzis puts you right up there for a Darwin award. That's the issue, he wasn't teaching her. If he had been doing it right he would have never been on full auto after only shooting 1 round on single shot. I was taught to shoot from primary school age. I was 13 before I got near anything in larger calibre and still shot 22RF mostly until I was 15. After this I moved onto .38 because I was physically able. That UZI sounded like a 22LR, so I am pretty sure they had doubts about handling before hand - which is where they need to learn the lesson.
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my point was that he shouldn't have been trying to teach her at all, no matter how well or badly. (IMO, obviously!) "Isn't it about time the USA got rid of their gun mentality?" put me down as a "yes"
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Familiarity has bred contempt. To often, loaded guns are left 'unprotected' in houses. Proper precautions are not taken. The huge death toll comes not from mass shootings at schools or newsworthy events but from one off accidental shootings which are so common they make no more than local news.
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and all the pro gun people will go on about it was only because she was not being trained properly , not why the F.. does a 9 year old need to be any where near a machine gun. as they say if you give someone a mobile phone is he more, or less likely to make a phone call? if you give them a gun.....
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It was Las Vegas. It's nothing to do with "weapons training" but simply another all-American fun day out. Bit like bowling, only rather more lethal.
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I think I am reasonably qualified to comment on this. I am a full time professional shooting instructor. I have seen the video in question but not the actual shooting. When instructing a right handed person the instructor must stand to the right of the shooter. In the video this appears to have not been the case. He put himself in a position where he would be unable to take control of the gun in order to prevent the shooter from turning away from him. His left hand should be behind her left shoulder & his right hand just beneath her right fore arm. He would be then in close behind her. He can now control her by firmly putting his hand on her shoulder thus preventing her from turning left & completely through 180 deg & his right hand is poised ready to go for the gun ( as this is what will kill you) as the poor chap discovered. Everything else appears to be in order. However I would seriously question a 9 year old & an uzi as not being an ideal combination but then any gun in the wrong hands is dangerous. Guy
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There are no absolute "wrong hands" or "right hands"* except in hindsight. I don't like basing any policy on anecdotes, and in this area the statistics speak for themselves, but here's another unnecessary death, but this time the killing was by a police officer with 13y experience. He shot his daughter. Jonathan * As it happens I think the current law in England that applies to competitive shooting in private ranges to be inappropriately restrictive. We could maintain safety by adequate control of clubs, ranges, guns, ammunition and participants.
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Guy in these times of law suits and harassment cases was he worried about holding a 9 year old girl in the way you described ? I have to say not sure what kind of parent wants his 9 year old to shoot an uzi , we might have loved playing army as kids but not sure a real gun is appropriate

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More "accidents" at gun ranges, including an 8y old boy killed by bullets from an Uzi. Jonathan
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I think that we over here in Blighty are repulsed by the American view on guns but until they adopt our way of looking at it things aren't going to change. Sadly a lot more people will die.