From Sandy Hook To Arizona, The NRA Has Blood On Their Hands

Bullets and Burgers sign. Image via grandcanyonwriter.com

Bullets and Burgers sign.
Image via grandcanyonwriter.com

By now, I’m sure everyone has heard about the 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot an employee of a gun range with an Uzi. If you haven’t, here’s a quick summary.

A family on vacation in Las Vegas decided it would be cool to go to a place called “Bullets & Burgers” where you can shoot all sorts of weapons, up to and including .50 caliber sniper rifles. After all, what’s more ‘Murica than a big greasy cheeseburger with a side of freedom fries while the smell of burnt cordite still lingers on your fingers?

Turns out, according to NBC News, that the range violated their own policy of requiring a shooter to be at least ten years old and accompanied by parents.

Anyhow, the family thought it would be cool to let their untrained daughter shoot an automatic Uzi, which resulted in one gun range employee dead and a child probably emotionally scarred for life. Which leads us to this question: Who in the hell thinks it is a good idea to let a nine-year-old child shoot a fully automatic weapon? For those of you who don’t know much about guns, a weapon shot on automatic mode is extremely hard to control, even in the hands of a trained soldier. Which is why even the standard issue M4 carbine in the military only has single shot and three round burst settings, not full auto.

So here you have a child who, judging by the video, has probably never shot a gun in her life. As a gun owner who received his first gun at the age of seven as a birthday present, I can tell you that you can’t hand an untrained child an automatic weapon and expect it to end any other way other than horribly and tragically wrong.

My first gun was a .22 Western Field lever-action rifle, which was a private brand sold by Montgomery Ward in the late 1960s. I wasn’t allowed to use it without close adult supervision until I was probably about 12 and neither my parents or the parents of anyone I knew would have ever considered letting their kids handle an Uzi. Of course, that was a different time and living in rural Virginia in the 1980s was a lot different than it is today. You didn’t have the gun lobby headed by the NRA constantly pressuring everyone to buy more guns like they are now.

There was a time that the NRA would have been on the front lines demanding new laws be drafted to keep gun range owners and operators from putting guns that have no business being handled by 9-year-olds in their hands. They used to be a group whose sole purpose was protecting gun ownership as a right, but not through cynical social media gamesmanship and horrid talking points laced with dog-whistle racism. Those days are long gone, and they are just profit hungry troll whores now, which leaves a void for real, responsible gun owners to fill. (Source)

The problem is that the NRA and gun lobby want as many guns and bullets being sold and used as possible, and they’ll attack anyone that threatens to stop their profit flow. In fact, just a couple of days after the gun range accident, the NRA tweeted out a link called “7 ways children can have fun at the shooting range” – I’m not even kidding.

What was their answer to Sandy Hook? Gun safety? Nope, more guns. The NRA’s answer to everything is always to blame the media, blame anything but America’s horrible problem with guns because actually addressing the issue means less money for them.

It isn’t difficult to see the motivation of the gun lobbies. They make money from gun sales. End of list. Their stake in the gun violence problem boils down to support for whatever sells more guns. All previously mentioned platforms mean gun sales. (Source)

So, let’s blame something besides guns as they’ve suggested, and I think placing the blame firmly on the shoulders of the NRA is the perfect answer. Guns alone aren’t the problem – I agree. The callous, profits-before-children attitude of the NRA and the gun lobby which fetishizes firearms and blocks any reasonable regulation of firearms is the problem.

The NRA didn’t pull the trigger and cause an untrained child to kill a gun range employee, but their glorification of guns and opposition to reasonable regulations did cause the death of Charles Vacca – as well as thousands of other Americans every year.


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  • forpeace

    We don’t need guns in our country, we need education.

    Lawmakers and congressional staffers considered NRA the most influential lobbying group. The NRA is a major player in any conversations about gun control, which the group historically has vehemently opposed in most circumstances.

    NRA stands for National Ruthless Association. NRA is good at:

    Selling guns.
    Creating fear.
    Disrespecting those who lost their loved ones to gun violence.
    And, profiting from all of the above.

    • Nola Rains

      Yes, we do need guns in our country – owned by people who know the proper way to use them. Why do we need guns? Do some research and see what happened in Germany when Hitler confiscated all the guns owned by private citizens. I would rather rely on a gun any day than wait 15/20 minutes for the police to arrive if my house is being broken into. My brother and I grew up with guns and learned to shoot at an early age – supervised by our father and grandfather. We knew that guns are not toys and are never to be pointed at anyone or anything you don’t intend to shoot. I do agree that the high-powered automatics and semi-autos should never be shot by anyone unless they are well trained – and NEVER BY KIDS!

      • forpeace

        I should have been more clear in my comment. I was in no way denying the Second Amendment, although I strongly believe it needs some reform.
        Still, I do not understand why a child, or a person who is not mature and intelligent enough, or mentally capable of knowing the purpose of using guns or firearms of any kind must have access to guns, or even learn how to shoot! What is the purpose of that?

        There are so many important things in life that kids must learn, and shooting is not one of them. Kids need education more than they need guns, and all the adults especially the parents are at fault in this sad tragedy.

      • Charles Vincent

        wow you think children are stupid how arrogant is that on your part…

      • forpeace

        Please stay respectful and classy, I have zero tolerance for posters who use name calling and personal attacks.

        BTW, you really need to work on your reading comprehension. and learn the difference between “not being intelligent enough” and “being stupid.” I used that term in regards to “unable to think clearly.”

      • Charles Vincent

        mmmhhhmmmm right….

        “Please stay respectful and classy, I have zero tolerance for posters who use name calling and personal attacks”

        The hypocrisy of that statement is awesome considering your lack of being respectful to and name calling from your other posts;

        “I do not understand why a child, or a person who is not mature and intelligent enough, or mentally capable of knowing the purpose of using guns or firearms of any kind must have access to guns, or even learn how to shoot!”

        rebuttal

        https://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=ibWxZcgK5SM

        Swimming and learning to swim is a far more complex task than shooting a firearm.

        And the denigration of the NRA by you;

        “NRA stands for National Ruthless Association. NRA is good at:

        Selling guns.
        Creating fear.
        Disrespecting those who lost their loved ones to gun violence.
        And, profiting from all of the above.”

        Way to be a big hypocrite, stay classy

        P.S.
        “”not being intelligent enough” and “being stupid.””
        are the same and a veiled ad hominem.

      • Pipercat

        Making new friends again?

      • Charles Vincent

        It’s what I do best?

  • forpeace

    In 2013 The National Rifle Association’s NRA Political Victory Fund PAC has distributed more than $1 million in career donations to current members of the United States Senate. And, like their House counterparts, the Senators who have received the most are also among the most vocal opponents of any new gun violence prevention legislation advanced in the aftermath of the school shooting at Newton, Connecticut. Although some Democrats also receive contributions form NRA, but The top 10 Senate beneficiaries of NRA money were all Republicans. Each has already indicated his opposition to President Obama’s gun violence proposals and each has received an “A” or “A+” rating from the NRA. They are:

    Jim Inhofe (R-OK) — At least $64,900
    Roy Blunt (R-MO) — At least $60,550
    Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) — At least $56,950
    John Thune (R-SD) — At least $48,605
    Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — At least $46,600
    Richard Shelby (R-AL) — At least $43,755
    Mike Crapo (R-ID) — At least $43,700
    Orrin Hatch (R-UT) — At least $41,750
    Chuck Grassley (R-IA) — At least $41,200
    Roger Wicker R-MS) — At least $36,750

    The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights subcommittee will hold a hearing in 2013 to examine proposals to reduce gun violence. The four Republicans on the nine-person panel are Graham, Hatch, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Cruz (at least $9900) has blasted the President for “trying to exploit the tragic murder of children as an excuse to push his own extreme anti-gun agenda,” and Cornyn ($17,850) has said we must enforce existing gun laws before we consider any new ones.

  • Nemisis

    Gun education is critical. Especially for those who are supposed to do the instructing. That kid should never have had that weapon.
    The parents should have known, and the instructor sure as hell should have known.

    Tragic and senseless.

    • Pipercat

      Imagine if it was the kid and not the instructor.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Until a few days ago, both the parents of the child and the “instructor” could have been participants at an Open Carry demonstration at a restaurant near you.

  • Matthew Reece

    “Who in the hell thinks it is a good idea to let a nine-year-old child shoot a fully automatic weapon?”
    A person who is too dumb to live. That instructor should get a Darwin Award.

  • Charles Vincent

    “From Sandy Hook To Arizona, The NRA Has Blood On Their Hands”

    No they don’t the Idiots and criminals who hurt people do.

  • Carlos Guillen

    Honestly, you can blame the NRA or anti gun nuts all you want. In all actuality they are in the business of miss information and ignorance. Thats why you have senators and congressmen making complete asshats of themselves on national television regarding the subject. Its easy to blame other people for the blatant ignorance thats the disease of america. Yeah, the range employee who gave a 9 year old was a complete idiot, but so were the parents of the child who also thought it was a good idea. Most of all the blame rests on articles like this who put blame on organizations rather then allowing people to maybe assume responsibilities for their actions.