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Thursday, August 28, 2014
A 9-year-old girl in Arizona on Monday accidentally killed her firing-range instructor when she lost control of an Uzi submachine gun
A 9-year-old girl in Arizona on Monday accidentally killed her firing-range instructor
when she lost control of an Uzi submachine gun. The news has ignited a debate in the country about access to guns and the wisdom of state law and parents who allow children to shoot them. It also brought up a host of questions. We've answered three of the main ones below: Is it common for kids to shoot guns at ranges? Adam Winkler, a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author ofGunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, says children are on the range all the time. One school of thought, which he subscribes to himself, he said, is that if children learn about the awesome power of guns, they will be less likely to play with them. Also, the thinking goes, what safer place to learn about guns than at a shooting range? Winkler said that what is rare to see is a child shooting an automatic weapon like an Uzi at one of these places. "To allow a 9-year-old to shoot a weapon like that is absurd," he said. "There's no reason that girl should have had that gun on her own." I AGREE. npr