What happens when you give a 9-year-old girl an automatic submachine gun and minimal instruction? An “industrial accident” apparently.
Arizona law enforcement officials announced that no criminal charges would be filed related to the incident where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying there are “no charges pending” in regards to the shooting of Charles Vacca, 39, and that the death will be “viewed as an industrial accident.”
The deadly incident occurred last Monday morning at a gun range in Arizona called Bullets and Burgers that caters to hungry gun-loving Las Vegas tourists. Better than Bullets and Beer I guess…
According to the Bullets and Burgers website:
Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons.
We even have the actual firearms used in several Hollywood hits including The Terminator and Rambo II.
At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns. … Let ‘em Rip!
Sounds like a great place to bring your children…
The shooting incident, which is also a viral video now, began with Charles Vacca teaching a 9-year-old girl, who was at the shooting range with her parents, how to use an automatic Uzi – a weapon designed for use by the Israeli defense forces in the 1940s. In the video, Vacca is seen guiding the child on how to handle the gun, saying, “All right, full auto.”
Now, unless this girl had been training to become a Somali pirate, there’s no way she would be ready to properly handle an extremely powerful submachine-gun. Cut to two seconds later and the girl loses control of the submachine gun and strikes Vacca in the head.
“The girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head and the victim was shot,” a Sheriff’s Office statement read.
The instructor suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head. He was airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital where he died that night.
As for the 9-year-old girl, she is probably traumatized for life because her parents thought bringing their young daughter to a place in the desert called Bullets and Burgers to eat freedom fries and shoot fully automatic firearms was a great idea for summer vacation.
Meanwhile, an employee at Burgers and Bullets says the shooting range has already resumed operations – because learning your lesson in not the Arizona way.
Takeaway: Guns don’t kill people, 9-year-old girls kill people!