August 27, 2014 4:15 pm -

On Monday, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed 39 year-old firearms instructor Charles Vacca when the girl lost control of the Uzi submachine gun he was supervising her with. The incident was caught on video, the publicized version of which stops just short of the fatal shot. As you can see, Vacca has one hand on his student, and the other on the weapon, when the fatal burst is fired:

[su_center_ad]The accident took place at the The Bullets and Burgers Adventure shooting range, where you can “Let ’em rip!” and where “alcohol is optional.”

The story has been all over the news today, accompanied by a bit of “expert” commentary from Bob Irwin, owner of Las Vegas’ The Gun Store, who is presented as the voice of opposition to those who think little kids shouldn’t be handling machine guns, even with supervision. Here’s the package that NBC News’ Katy Tur is shopping all over NBC and MSNBC, in which she explains what “some say,” while “others” say something else:

Tur: “Others assert the incident is merely an unfortunate accident.”

Bob Irwin: “What you’re talking about, from what I understand of this incident, is extremely unusual. I’ve been at this now for 40 years, and I’ve never heard of something like this happening.”

Irwin’s personal knowledge notwithstanding, journalists have a duty to deal in facts, and the fact is that this incident isn’t something new. Stop me if this looks familiar…READ MORE[su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

17 responses to Media Reports On Child Machine Gun Accident Are Misleading

  1. Jon C August 27th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Don’t Expect Anything New from the NRA Regarding the Latest Baby With a Gun via @po_st

  2. edmeyer_able August 27th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    An uzi is not a toy. You don’t teach gun safety w/an uzi. You don’t target practice w/an uzi. An uzi is made for one thing, to kill a bunch of people very quickly.
    Had this “accident” not occurred the video would have been posted on the families FB account.
    If any good can come of this it will be to show people WHAT NOT TO DO
    But some people will never learn.

  3. wpadon August 27th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I can not see this as an accident. It was a deliberate act. Insurance should not pay for his risky behavior. Just like skydiving and kayaking.

    • edmeyer_able August 27th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      It’s been classified as a WORK PLACE ACCIDENT

      • M D Reese August 27th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

        Oh great–so Worker’s Compensation will pay for his funeral…

  4. Obewon August 27th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    This same gun range announced today that children 8 and up can still shoot somebody with fully automatic submachine guns at Arizona’s The Bullets and Burgers Adventure shooting range. They’ve learned nothing. Woo-hoo! They did learn how to suspend their website account temporarily until the outrage and bad press dies down.

    • M D Reese August 27th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Chickenshits–all cocky and swaggering until somebody gets hurt–then they scramble for the deepest darkest corners to hide.

      • Obewon August 27th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        Next-up: ‘Hey kids 8 and up can now drive alone in your very own formula racecar at over 200 MPH as it hurls over the track wall taking out spectators as it kills you too!’

        • M D Reese August 28th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

          There are places in this country where they wouldn’t think twice about that. Sadly though, it’s not the children who need to be removed from the gene pool–it’s their parents.

  5. M D Reese August 27th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    These incidents are not accidents. The adults who keep putting children (and everyone around them) in mortal danger should be tried for negligence and lose their right to own firearms and raise children.

    • granpa.usthai August 27th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      underhand forward grips are designed for full sized adults. If you’re training one this young, you need to teach them to grasp the forward part of the weapon on top during full auto.

      • M D Reese August 28th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Or maybe wait until they’re old enough to join the freakin army…

  6. uzza August 27th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    He’s “been doing this for 40 years and never heard of this happening”? Srsly, you’re not embarrassed to say that? I haven’t been doing it at all and the first thought I had was remembering when it happened before. Took me 30 seconds to google it.

    You claim to be a trained professional, actively practicing your trade, yet you’re oblivious to current trends and events in said field, even when a little kid is killed doing the exact thing you are doing! Why not just post a sign saying
    “I am ignorant and incompetent and I don’t care if children get killed.”

  7. granpa.usthai August 27th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    gun control:
    ‘being able to go fully auto
    without killing the instructor’

  8. tiredoftea August 27th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Well, I admire truth in advertising. The place is called “The Last Stop” Shooting Range.

  9. edmeyer_able August 27th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    ICYMI…..this is the eulogy given by the father of the 8yo who shot himself in similar circumstances in 2008.FMW