An Army veteran, Charles Vacca was shot by a 9-year-old who fired an Uzi machine gun at the ‘Bullets and Burgers’ shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. Now the family is launching an anti-gun campaign to get lawmakers to set an age limit for the use of automatic weapons.
WHITE HILLS, Ariz., Aug. 26 (UPI) — Children of a gun instructor who was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old toting an Uzi machine gun in August of 2014 have launched a campaign to get lawmakers to set an age limit for the use of automatic weapons.
Army veteran Charles Vacca was shot by a 9-year-old who fired an Uzi machine gun at the Bullets and Burgers shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. Vacca was standing to the girl’s left as he instructed her to shoot the gun. As she shoots, the gun buckles to the left and a single bullet hits Vacca in the head.
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Elizabeth also said she is not anti-gun, but finds no logical reason for such young children to fire automatic weapons.
Tylor,15, added that because adults have not been able to keep people safe, “it’s time for us to speak up.”
Experts say that certain factors may have complicated Vacca’s instruction of the young shooter and facilitated the accident. For one thing, his position on the girl’s left is ill-advised since the way she was holding the gun made it likely for it to recoil to the left. Furthermore, beginners should not wield an Uzi, which can fire five rounds in one-third of a second, that has more than three rounds in a magazine at a time (a full Uzi magazine holds 32 rounds). A wielder of the gun is likely to lose control and clamp down on the trigger in an attempt to regain control, which only increases the potential damage done by the gun.
The kids expressed their desire to meet the girl, saying it is a part of their healing process.
The Bullets and Burgers shooting range raised the minimum age for young shooters to 12 and stipulated a height requirement of 5 feet.