The problem with traumatized kids is they tend to think, "It's my fault." She'll blame herself for whatever happens to her parents no matter who is to blame and no matter what she is told. Mom and Dad may not be that bad. The idiots living in AZ assured them that guns are safe. Yeah, they were too stupid to figure out the truth for themselves, but lax gun laws send the wrong message.
Right, wrong or indifferent, that kid probably loves her parents very much. If authorities put her in a position where she must testify against her parent, it could destroy her, especially if her parents fell for Arizona's crappy gun legislation and simply need to be educated. Yes, they should pay in some way for subjecting their daughter to such trauma, but not by adding to the trauma.
Mindy, I agree!
Funny, we're not hearing much of the usual mantra: Guns don't kill people, people kill people.
Oh, this just in. Apparently we've got something even better:
Here's a couple of suggestions for the NRA's Fun With Fully Auto Assault Weapons Summer Camp For Toddlers, when the kids get bored shooting and hitting a silhouette of a human being.
1. Put up a picture of that one teacher you never did like, and let 'er rip.
2. Big brother or sister pull something on you? Put up their photo (along with any other family members who may have made you made).
3. Didn't get what you wanted for Xmas? Put up a moving Santa and his sleigh. Double points for splattering Rudolf's nose.
4. Just getting bored with target practice? How about some training with a commando killing knife as seen in the movie "Predator." You'll learn how sneak up behind your best friend or little sister and......
While the foregoing may sound sick, in light of training pre-pubescent children to kill, why the hell not?
It would go well with their religious upbringing.
I don't think there are such things as gun accidents. Usually, ignorance, carelessness, immaturity, anger, fear, grief, mental incapacity, or a kidnapped amygdala may be the real cause. In any event, these are not excuses, "accidents" cause injuries and deaths.
In this case, the nine year old girl is a victim of bad judgment by her parents and the instructor. They should be held accountable ... well, the instructor already got his, now it is the parent's turn.
A nine year old mind may not be mature enough to handle all the feelings, thoughts, experiences and challenges confronting them. Some are caught between the "let's pretend" and the reality of events. Some are not physically capable of controlling a weapon.
I wouldn't trust my nine year old to be physically able to handle an uzi, or any gun, especially a repeating gun, that had a kick to it.
AMEN ! er.....ummm. I mean... "Carry on, Bro!"