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Family of instructor killed by
9-year-old with Uzi speaks

CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/29/2014 11:56:14 AM

NEW YORK- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child. Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and the 39-year-old Vacca was fatally shot once in the head. His daughter, 19-year-old Ashley, told NBC´s "Today" show that the family knows it was a "tragic accident" and something

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/29/2014 12:08:09 PM     (No. 9985996)

Genghis Cohen ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: doublesharp, 8/29/2014 12:22:34 PM     (No. 9986015)

Prayers sent to both families.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 8/29/2014 1:00:58 PM     (No. 9986107)

Certainly prayers for and sympathy towards all parties are due.

But please, who in their right mind gives a 9 year old girl a fully automatic weapon with more than 1 cartridge in it?!?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: metalman2, 8/29/2014 1:12:08 PM     (No. 9986128)

What shooting instructor would stand NEXT to the student shooting? It´s always, always behind.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 8/29/2014 1:38:09 PM     (No. 9986160)

When I was 8 or 9, my Uncle (retired FBI) took me out back of the house in the country and let me shoot his service revolver. He crouched behind me and held my hands as I lit off the first two or three shots. Only when he could determine whether my little arms were capable of controlling recoil, did he let me fire on my own. I did the same with my 8 y.o. stepson when we went out to the desert with a full compliment of weapons and ammo. I started him out with a .22 rifle and we graduated up to calibers as far as he and I were comfortable (he didn´t get to shoot the .44 mag). To put an Uzi in a little girl´s hands is the height of irresponsibility and she´ll probably never touch a weapon again. The ´´instructor´´ and his family paid dearly for a lapse in judgment.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mossley, 8/29/2014 3:10:10 PM     (No. 9986272)

When I was around 7, we went to visit some relatives. Their son, about 17 at the time, took us out to shoot his pistol. I´m not sure what caliber it was, but the recoil knocked me on the ground and the shot took out a large limb out of tree in their backyard. He thought it was hilarious. It left me with a fear of guns until recently when I went to the range and learned how to do it safely. I can only imagine the damage I could have done if I had been given an Uzi.

I´m sorry for the family of the dead man. I´m very sorry for the girl who will live with this the rest of her life. But this was totally preventable with a little common sense.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: usltn, 8/29/2014 9:48:37 PM     (No. 9986620)

The instructor used very bad judgment.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: anonymous, 8/29/2014 10:20:30 PM     (No. 9986652)

It´s absolutely ridiculous that a 9 year-old girl was allowed to use a machine gun. I don´t know where this instructor was coming from. The outcome was tragic.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/29/2014 11:55:41 PM     (No. 9986726)

Nobody wins here. What a tragedy.

Parents are responsible for their children and should make better decisions about letting small children handle big guns.

It is also tragic that this accident will give more fodder for gun control fanatics.

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