Should a gun be in the hands of a 9-year-old? Accident sparks nationwide debate
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:45:48 GMT —
People throughout the United States are starting to react after a 9-yearold girl accidentally shot and killed her firearms instructor in Arizona.
39-year-old Charles Vacca was doing his job, standing right next to the 9-year-old girl before he was shot in the head.
But gun owners say it's the instructor's fault, not the girl's.
People are starting to ask questions. Why was a 9-year-old girl allowed to fire such a powerful gun?
Keith Foster, a gun shop owner in Bakersfield, said he's had children as young as 8 or 9 shoot at his range, and it's no problem as long as there's parental supervision and proper training.
"9 years old -- that's not the problem," he said. "The girl's age is not the problem."
A father agrees, saying his children, some of whom are even younger -- 11, 6 and 5 -- are shooting and learning about firearms.
But the results show this wasn't the proper environment, and gun owners say the instructor wasn't being safe enough.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Department in that area said it has completed an investigation and that no charges will be filed.
Gun owners say they hope the incident doesn't create a rally cry for more firearm control.