December 20, 2014

Kissimmee Florida, home of the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyworld, has a new attraction that will draw more people to the Sunshine State. It's a theme park of a very different variety. It's Machine Gun America, where a person as young as thirteen can should automatic weapons at myriad targets ranging from zombies to a wild west shootout.

The establishment, run by General Manager Bruce Nierenberg says it is NOT a gun range. You cannot bring your own firearms and everyone is supervised by a highly trained gun safety expert. If you are aged 13-17, you must be accompanied by a parent. Safety is their first, second and third most important concern, and the fourth is for everyone to have a good time.

After the tragic accident in Arizona this August, where a nine year old accidentally killed the instructor because the recoil of the Uzi she was firing was too much for her to handle, there are those who fear similar tragedies. Moms Demand Action For Guns, with good reason, objects to romanticizing and trivializing dangerous firearms.

Of course, the proprietors of the new shooting attraction claim there is a niche market for this sort of business.

Machine Gun America expects to draw at least 70 percent of its visitors from the Orlando area’s heavy convention market, and the average age of those tourists is 45 years old.

“It’s romanticizing our freedom and our history,” Nierenberg said. “I mean, it’s part of American life. That’s how we gained our freedom.”

I think it was more like muskets and bayonets that helped free us from British rule. Automatic weapons fired for pure shits and giggles? Not exactly a precise replica of our battle for independence. Sounds like a lot of promotion and advertisement for the NRA and the gun manufacturers who make billions off lethal, dangerous weapons. Do we really need more tragic accidents from the irresponsible proliferation of guns? Statistics prove that states with looser gun laws have more deaths from firearms. This tourist attraction will undoubtedly increase the demand for weapons as they have been glamorized by American culture, sponsored by the NRA.

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