Why would any parent allow their 9-year-old to shoot a fully automatic weapon?
I ask that question seriously because I grew up around guns, and I started shooting guns long before the age of 9. The rule was that you couldn’t shoot any gun that you could not handle on your own. Therefore, I learned to shoot using BB guns and .22 rifles long before I touched anything more powerful.
I enjoy target shooting, and I’m sure that I am not the only one that does. My early interactions with guns were not anything traumatic or jarring enough to leave any permanent mental scars. I don’t think this young girl will grow up with the same appreciation for firearms that many Americans have. Just call it a hunch of mine.
Now, there’s a family missing a father, and another family has a 9-year-old that is probably mentally traumatized because of a momentary lapse in judgement. I’ve seen numerous “experts” chiming in faulting the range instructor, and there’s no way that he can defend himself against anything they say. I don’t know how many of these “experts” are raising the question of why a parent would allow their child to shoot a gun that many adults can’t control.
I haven’t tried to watch the video, and I have no desire to see it. Hopefully, someone will ensure that child gets the help and counseling that she needs. The parents may want to sit in on a few sessions themselves as I’m sure they’ll have some things to talk about too.