How does a nine-year-old girl get an Uzi 9mm submachine gun in her hands? I am not a gun enthusiast but I am a supporter of the second amendment. However, when the second amendment was adopted in December of 1791 the personal weapons of the day included muskets, flintlocks, blunder busses and the like. They were basically single load, single shot weapons; there was no such thing as an automatic or semi-automatic firearm. Furthermore, I am confident in my assumption based on the culture of that era; that nine-year-old girls were not encouraged to fire weapons of any kind.
The accidental shooting death of gun instructor, Charles Vacca at an Arizona gun range once again brings to the forefront some very serious questions in the ongoing dispute between gun-control advocates and gun enthusiasts.
Again, I have to ask, how does a nine-year-old girl get an Uzi 9mm submachine gun in her hands? Is it a product of stupidity, poor judgment or perhaps a diligent proselytizer bent on demonstrating before all mankind the safety of gun enthusiasm for all people? Naturally the finger pointing is rampant. The parents should never have taken her to the gun range. The instructor should never have allowed her to use such a powerful weapon. The government, both local and federal should impose stricter gun laws. Law enforcement should be more diligent in current gun control enforcement.
This is yet another shining example of common sense being divorced from commonality. I have never claimed to corner the market on wisdom but the idea that we would put such a powerful weapon in the hands of such an innocent is beyond even my sometimes-flawed logic. What’s next? Will we equip orangutans with rocket-propelled grenade launchers in the interest of creating viral You Tube videos? “Well, uh, I don’t know, it seemed like a good idea at the time”. God help us!
My heart grieves for the people of the community where this tragedy occurred as well as for Charles Vacca and his family. The question now is what does the future hold for the unidentified girl who is as much a victim in this case as anyone?
For some reason we view ourselves; and when I say “ourselves” I mean mankind, as the guardians of the world. We believe we are the wise ones, that we are the ones with the capabilities to solve all of the world’s ills whether man-made or natural. Unfortunately, we give ourselves far too much credit. While many stand in judgment of those who made unspeakably stupid decisions in this case we are all of the same species and are capable of the same lapses in judgment. If we’re honest we would all acknowledge that we have made ill-conceived decisions whether contrived or in a split second that, but for the grace of God, could have resulted in a similar tragedy.
My point being once again – People of the world, we need a Savior!!! And it can’t be a statesman!