NEWSMAX – Pro-gun advocate and author Doug Giles wants to know why the gun instructor who was killed by a nine-year-old girl during a shooting lesson had her using an Uzi.
“I’m a big gun enthusiast, and my daughters have been trained to use firearms since they were this girl’s age, nine and 10-years-old, but you know what they didn’t start out shooting a fricking Uzi,” Giles told Ed Berliner on “MidPoint” on Newsmax TV Friday.
Charles Vacca was fatally shot by a nine-year-old girl Tuesday while he was teaching her how to shoot the automatic weapon at a shooting range in Arizona.
“It’s unbelievable that this gentleman didn’t have the foresight and the common sense not to place a submachine gun in a skinny little nine-year-old girl’s hand,” he explained.
“That’s a lot of power for those little wrists to contain,” said the author of “Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.”
“If you aren’t hip to machine guns and how the muzzle rises and how that thing starts to move and jock and jive, then you have no business whether you’re nine-years-old or whether you’re 99-years-old firing one of those things,” Giles added.
However, the gun advocate said that in spite of the shooting, it’s important to avoid “knee-jerk” reactions.
“Not having kids train to properly use a firearm is not the answer,” he said.
But it is a reminder “that these things are serious, it’s not a game to be played with.”
“You’ve got a man whose dead now,” Giles said.
“And this nine-year-old kid and their family are going to be haunted by this nonsense for the rest of their life,” he added.
“It’s really sad and it was very avoidable.”
Margot Bennett, Executive Director of Women Against Gun Violence, told the “MidPoint” host that the shooting is a reminder that “guns and kids do not mix.”
“I disagree that children need to learn about guns,” Bennett told Newsmax. “If parents have guns in their homes, they should not.”
“This is a safety issue — one child a week in the United States is killed by a gun left loaded and unsupervised in their home by a parent or a neighbor,” she said.
“Those are all avoidable deaths,” she added.
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