Any death caused by a gun is a tragedy. The shooting on Monday that took the life of firing range instructor Charles Vacca certainly fits.
The accidental death occurred as Vacca, 39, was standing next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop gun range in White Hills, Ariz., when she squeezed the trigger of an Uzi and the recoil lurched the gun upward.
Vacca was shot in the head. Vacca was an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, The Associated Press reports.
People were right to ask why anyone would let a child handle such a power submachine gun. The gun range operator said the girl’s parents had signed waivers and were standing nearby video-recording her as the shooting happened.
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That automatic weapon is too much for most adults to control. The accident should never have happened.
It claimed many victims — Vacca and his family and friends and the girl and her family and friends. Their lives have been damaged beyond repair all because of America’s senselessness over guns.
When will it end?