Most Absurd Item of the Day

What the hell is an 8-year-old boy doing firing an Uzi?

Nice work, NRA. This is the kind of idiocy that your lobbyists push for.

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting
himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult
supervision
at a gun fair.

The boy lost control of the weapon while firing it Sunday at the Machine
Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club, police Lt.
Lawrence Vallierpratte said.

Police said the boy, Christopher Bizilj (Bah-SEAL) of Ashford, Conn., was
with a certified instructor and called the death a ”self-inflicted accidental
shooting.”

As the boy fired the Uzi, ”the front end of the weapon went up with the
backfire and he ended up receiving a round in his head,” police Lt. Hipolito
Nunez said. The boy died at a hospital.

The boy’s father and older brother were also there at the time, a gun club
member and school official said. Francis Mitchell, a longtime member and trustee
of the club, said he was told the boy’s father was supporting his son from
behind when the shooting happened.

Update: Aside from the stunning absurdity that it’s legal for an eight-year-old to fire a submachine gun — or, for that matter, that submachine guns are available on the market — what the hell was this kid’s father thinking? Common sense would come to the quick conclusion that that constitutes reckless endangerment, but the gun laws in this country aren’t written by common sense; they’re written by the gun lobby.

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~ by Benji on October 27, 2008.

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