August 28, 2014

I'm all for girl power, but I can't say I've met too many 9-year old girls with a burning desire to take an Uzi into their loving arms and shoot the hell out of a paper target with careful instruction by a licensed instructor.

Yet according to the owner of the gun range where a 9-year old girl shot her instructor, this was "high on her bucket list." He continued, "Her parents took her out to do what she was going to do."

Because she was a "very mature little girl."

I'm not one to criticize parents, but this is out of control. A .22 rifle, maybe. But an Uzi? How the hell does a 9-year old girl get filled with desire to learn how to shoot one of those?

Our gun culture is out of control. That "mature" little girl is going to be struggling with her own PTSD for a very, very long time to come, and if her parents have a conscience, they're also going to be soul-searching.

Meanwhile, a man is dead because a 9-year old had a bizarre bucket list and her parents were either the most indulgent people on the planet or just stupid. I'm sure she would have survived, as would her instructor, if she had simply gone to Lake Havasu and played in the water instead of playing with machine guns.

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