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Common sense dictates proper training with an Uzi


I’m all for arming everyone to the teeth, as you know. I’m all for teaching children how to safely use firearms. Even fully-automatic firearms, a.k.a. machineguns.

Within reason.

Charles Vacca, a Nevada an Arizona firearms instructor, was killed as he taught a nine-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi on full automatic. The recoil of the gun torqued the weapon backward in her hands, and more than one bullet struck Vacca in the head and killed him.

Thankfully she was not killed as well.

But the fact remains that common sense would have saved Vacca’s life. Not putting a full magazine in the weapon would be a start. Not having her fire it on full automatic until the student demonstrated proficiency with the weapon (and a firm grip on it) would be the next logical step.

You can see what a typical Uzi submachine gun looks like below, on the left. The Mini-Uzi is in the middle, and the Micro-Uzi, the machine pistol on the right, is even smaller. The shorter the automatic weapon is, especially if it has no shoulder stock, the firmer a grip is required to avoid accidents just like the one that killed Vacca.


Compare the Uzi models to larger weapons, especially ones that require a shoulder stock or a bipod, such as the MP-5 or the MG-42 below. It would be difficult for automatic weapons like these to get away from a nine-year-old girl and cause an accident like the one that killed Vacca.


My point is not that children should not be allowed to fire guns, or not be allowed to fire automatic weapons. That’s what the lamestream media wants you to conclude, and I of course disagree. I think that children can be taught to use almost any type of gun safely, from a .22 derringer up to a 155mm howitzer. But if a child is going to fire a gun, the instructor should make sure that (a.) the gun is suited to a child’s ability to control it with their small body, and (b.) the child is taught to use the gun in a series of steps that build up the skills needed to control the gun.

Vacca didn’t do that. And now Vacca is dead, which is unfortunate. But this incident was caused by a flaw in Vacca’s methodology, not in the gun or in the student.

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