8-year-old shoots himself in head with Uzi at gun club

An 8-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision in western Massachusetts . Full Story
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gaw

Huntsville, AL

#1 Oct 27, 2008
I see nothing wrong with young children doing things such as this. I see 6 year olds tearing it up on guitars. BUT any child needs to start off easy with anything like this.

I suspect that it didn't "travel up" like the report said. I bet it pushed him back and he stumbled and shot himself. He probably had a full magazine which was really stupid on the part of the adult who gave it to him.

I have shot many machine guns. I would never start even an adult out with more than three or four rounds in the magazine. They do not travel up much at all unless you are not holding it securely or are half asleep. They do push you back until you counteract it by leaning into it a bit.

This is not a case of a gun hurting someone but rather of an adult making a poor decision. Tragic indeed. My kids, 11 and 6 have only shot a BB gun so far. I'm not in any hurry to get them into something bigger.
CODE RED

Newport News, VA

#2 Oct 27, 2008
apparently the boy WAS NOT being supervised by adult supervision

“"You're Ok to me"”

Since: Jan 08

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#3 Oct 27, 2008
You have to be kidding me?!!!!!!!!

Mannnnnnnnn.......

Gawd,I dont even know what to say.
wow

Newport News, VA

#4 Oct 27, 2008
Who is stupid enough to allow a child to operate an uzi? Even under adult supervision that is moronic as a gun of that size is way too strong for a child of that size.
gaw

Huntsville, AL

#5 Oct 27, 2008
wow wrote:
Who is stupid enough to allow a child to operate an uzi? Even under adult supervision that is moronic as a gun of that size is way too strong for a child of that size.
Every fired one? They are incredibly heavy and only fire pistol rounds. One of the milder subs in fact.
CAT

Newport News, VA

#6 Oct 27, 2008
gaw wrote:
I see nothing wrong with young children doing things such as this. I see 6 year olds tearing it up on guitars. BUT any child needs to start off easy with anything like this.
I suspect that it didn't "travel up" like the report said. I bet it pushed him back and he stumbled and shot himself. He probably had a full magazine which was really stupid on the part of the adult who gave it to him.
I have shot many machine guns. I would never start even an adult out with more than three or four rounds in the magazine. They do not travel up much at all unless you are not holding it securely or are half asleep. They do push you back until you counteract it by leaning into it a bit.
This is not a case of a gun hurting someone but rather of an adult making a poor decision. Tragic indeed. My kids, 11 and 6 have only shot a BB gun so far. I'm not in any hurry to get them into something bigger.
Yeah, you are probably right. You know what would also be alright? Giving your kids a 13 foot python to play with in addition to the gun.

But you gotta make sure they hold both of them correctly...and never, ever while they are half-asleep.
KDC

Poquoson, VA

#7 Oct 27, 2008
How incredibly sad......how horrible for everyone concerned. Too sad for words.

“armed, cute and smart (alec)”

Since: Jul 08

Newport News/Hampton, VA

#8 Oct 27, 2008
what the he-ll were the adults thinking? Well, I guess they weren't. That's awful
wow

Newport News, VA

#9 Oct 27, 2008
gaw wrote:
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Every fired one? They are incredibly heavy and only fire pistol rounds. One of the milder subs in fact.
Haven't fired one actually, was simply under the assumption that it would be too heavy for an 8 yr old to handle, and when fired would be hard for someone of that size to control.
Safety First

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Oct 27, 2008
Safety lesson one. Point the firearm AWAY from your head before squeezing the trigger.
Ashley

Newport News, VA

#11 Oct 27, 2008
This world is so crazy, all these weapons are not necessary. Kids should not even be exposed to these kinds of things. I think that is so ridiculous the way all these events turn out. Everyday somebody dies from such desguisting circumstances. This needs to stop young lives are ending because of the everyday violence and carelessness
Magic Bus

Hampton, VA

#12 Oct 27, 2008
Who's the dummy who let the child handle a firearm, much less an Uzi?!?
DARWINAWARDS

Windsor, VA

#13 Oct 27, 2008
As always, Darwin has ben proven right. (the parents)
gaw

Huntsville, AL

#14 Oct 27, 2008
wow wrote:
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Haven't fired one actually, was simply under the assumption that it would be too heavy for an 8 yr old to handle, and when fired would be hard for someone of that size to control.
ANY weapon is too much for anyone unaccustomed to firing one, especially an 8 year old child. With a little practice he could have learned to handle it just as he was taught to ride a bike without training wheels.

My point was not that every child should be shooting weapons of any kind but that the responsible adult was completely negligent and probably was quite inexperienced himself.
gaw

Huntsville, AL

#15 Oct 27, 2008
Ashley wrote:
This world is so crazy, all these weapons are not necessary. Kids should not even be exposed to these kinds of things.
So, what weapons are necessary?

Compare weapons accidents with swimming pool accidents. Hardly a comparison but you don't hear of people wanting to ban swimming pools.

I see nothing wrong with it if it is done responsibly. Obviously this was not done in a responsible manner.

“"You're Ok to me"”

Since: Jan 08

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#17 Oct 27, 2008
GAW SAID: My point was not that every child should be shooting weapons of any kind but that the responsible adult was completely negligent and probably was quite inexperienced himself.
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Shanna

Twin Falls, ID

#18 Oct 27, 2008
BB gun yes. I have no problem with children learning to shoot with supervision and training. I learned at a young age to shoot with my grandfather training me. I also support the right to own guns.

HOWEVER:

Uzi's are not something a child should be learning how to use. I firmly believe that these types of guns should not be allowed for private ownership to begin with. Military and police I believe should have these types of things.

“Plundering the Seas”

Since: Oct 08

Milford, VA

#19 Oct 27, 2008
Haven't heard about an Uzi since the days of miami vice!
gunCRAZY

Newington, CT

#20 Oct 27, 2008
I gotta laugh at the gun defenders in here.

Your unconscionable defense of a WEAPON shot for fun is just another glimpse into the judgement of the NRA and republican party (not true conservatives).

You people are idiots and there should be prosecutions.
gaw

Huntsville, AL

#21 Oct 27, 2008
Shanna wrote:
I firmly believe that these types of guns should not be allowed for private ownership to begin with. Military and police I believe should have these types of things.
Some believe that about ALL types of firearms. Where do we draw the line?

I could easily support banning of fully automatic weapons since I no longer own any but would that make it right from an individual's rights perspective? No. Therefore I see nothing wrong with responsible ownership. This was not responsible which is something I think I said in the beginning.

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