Charges possible in boy’s Uzi death
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts are considering whether criminal charges should be filed in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a gun show.
Hampden County District Attorney William Bennett said Tuesday he hasn’t been able to find any law that would authorize a child to possess or fire a machine gun.
Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., was trying out one of the weapons at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club on Sunday when he lost control, shooting himself in the head.
An instructor was watching the boy at a firing range and the youngster’s father was a few feet away.
Bennett says he’s looking into whether anyone committed a reckless or wanton act when they allowed the boy to fire the weapon.
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Charges possible in boy’s Uzi death
Charges possible? They should be a certainty!
As I said yesterday, I am dead set against full auto loading weapons being in the hands of ANYONE that is NOT 1) fully trained, 2) an adult, that is to say: MATURE, 3) a person with a specific NEED for such weapon, and 4) a person that possesses sufficient strength, knowledge and skill to control said weapon.
I fully believe that there was NO parental responsibility exhibited here, none!! Not in ANY way. The father was *present*, but to call this act in ANY way *responsible* is just not something that I can do!
I own a few firearms, one happens to be a Springfield XD-45 Tactical pistol, it hold 14 rounds of 230gr .45 caliber ammunition, it is a semi auto-loader, meaning that your must pull the trigger each time you want to fire it, but it will keep on firing until you stop pulling the trigger or you run out of ammo. When my wife shoots it for the 1st time, it will have ONE round in the chamber and NONE in the magazine. She is an experienced shooter, of smaller calibers, all revolvers, but just in case this larger caliber auto-loader gun *spooks* her, or in some way gets away from her, we don’t have an accident waiting to happen with the 13 additional rounds in the magazine.
Let’s talk about RESPONSIBLE gun ownership and support. I was raised with weapons, my father was a gunsmith, he had heart surgery twice and the 2nd time really messed up his chest, left him very *tender*, so I got to do ALL the test firing on heavy caliber weapons, thus I was able to get lots of shooting in at a young age. BUT, I was well trained, well supervised and until such time that I was thought to be fully capable, I was under stringent supervision. And I wasn’t 8 years old, I was more like 14 or 15 at the time, fairly mature for my age and it was, all in all, one hell of a great experience.
I didn’t fire my 1st fully automatic weapon until I was 18 years old, I stood 6’1″, weighed about 210 pounds and had several years of serious experience with weapons, and I had a very good idea of what to expect when the Thompson submachine gun went off. It did, as ALL full autos are inclined to do, go into a climb, meaning that the barrel rose in elevation as I held the trigger. But I knew to let off of the trigger to STOP the climb. Apparently, someone forgot to tell that to the 8 year old kid when they let him have a go at a fully loaded Uzi.
There is NO WAY that an 8 year old kid had ANY business firing a full auto ANYTHING, regardless of the level of supervision, he WAS and 8 year old kid, and even if he had been privvy to a few *tips* on the handling of a full auto, when he pulled the trigger and that thing started cooking, ALL of his *tips* went right out the window.
I have seen grown men and women lose control of a full auto weapon. I have seen experienced gunners come close to losing control on occasion. The father of this child and the so-called instructor need to be tied to a tree and horse whipped, repeatedly.
This tragic event is NOT something that should even remotely bring about ANY kind of laws against the LEGAL ownership of Class III weapons in general, what this is, basically, is nothing more than a testament to the fact that their MUST be some common sense applied when shooting ANY firearm, by the supposed ADULTS involved.
And in this particular case, NONE was, and a child lost his life, because of that lack of parental responsibility!