I understand that there are a lot of nuances about gun ownership, gun control and the Second Amendment that I – being raised in Canada – will never fully understand, no matter how Americanized I may consider myself. That said, I don't think we need to get into the nuances of an argument for me to state bluntly that anyone who hands an Uzi to a nine-year-old is perhaps not qualified to be handling said firearm in the first place.

No matter how you feel about the importance of children learning proper firearms handling (and if they live in a house with firearms, it is essential that kids get some firearm safety training), just on the basic level of physics most little kids lack the upper body strength to control the recoil that is inevitable with a weapon like this. I've never fired a gun and I know this. There is absolutely no reason for responsible gun owners and/or qualified firearms instructors to delude themselves otherwise. Anyone who puts an automatic weapon into the hands of a child is pretty much asking for disaster. And it isn't even like this is the first time this sort of thing has happened in recent memory.

I feel so bad for this poor little girl. I can't imagine what it must be like, knowing that you killed someone because not only were the adults around you not smart enough to put brakes on your behaviour when you didn't know any better, they were actually handing you a weapon and encouraging you to go faster than you were capable of handling.

That poor kid.


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