29 October 2008

Stupid is as Stupid Does 2!

Is there no end to human stupidity?

I was surfing the net and came across news that an 8-year-old had shot and killed himself with an Uzi (picture from here). The first question was always going to be, "what was an 8-year-old doing with an Uzi in the first place?"

As I read a little further it turns out that this occurred in Connecticut in the US, and I am guessing on a rifle range, under supervision, and with the child's father taking pictures.

I do not know if any of you have fired guns, but the Uzi has a kick (recoil) and for an automatic weapon once the kick starts it will keep kicking until you pull the finger off the trigger.

My understanding is the kid pulls the trigger, the Uzi recoils, the kid loses control, the Uzi spins backwards, and the kid shoots himself in the head. Game over!

The next question that comes to mind is, "what were the boy's father and instructor thinking?"

What was no doubt intended to be a good day out has ended in tragedy for no other reason that the stupidity of a gun instructor and father. Uzis are weapons of war and not toys for children, it is tragic that the boys father had to learn this lesson this way!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The sad bastard must feel horrible... This can also be a cautionary tale for overcompensation.

Anonymous said...

The sad bastard must feel horrible... This can also be a cautionary tale for overcompensation.

Rob Baiton said...

Anonymous...

I would think so.

Scott McQueen said...

Very sad, as a prior staunch gun advocate I find this sickening. I got rid of all my guns. I may end up a victim, but at least my children won't die due to my lack of responsibility. I pray the father finds peace.

boneman said...

not suggesting it as a tool of war, either.
fancy weapons are of a world gone nuts. Something fires this fast is unbelievbly stupid.
Not unlike a minigun, which fires about 3000 to 6000 rounds per minute.
the madness of people that create these death tools is beyond comprehension.

Rob Baiton said...

Scott...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment!

It might be a while before he finds any peace on this one.

Boneman...

I agree, madness!

Anonymous said...

The other side of the argument is well represented at http://wanusmaximus.livejournal.com

Rob Baiton said...

Anonymous...

It is worthwhile adopting a pen name so that I can distinguish you from the other anonymous posters.

I do not think that my post was one that said there should be increased gun control. In fact I make no comment on the rightness or wrongness of gun ownership.

I do not question the right to own guns.

What I do question is, is the sanity of the instructor and the boy's father. I cannot see the why or the where in terms of a need to teach an 8-year-old to shoot an Uzi.

Thanks for the link.

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