Skip to comments.Police Probe Boy's Gun Show Death
Posted on 10/28/2008 6:06:17 AM PDT by politicalmerc
WESTFIELD, Mass. (Oct. 27) - With an instructor watching, an 8-year-old boy at a gun fair aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin and pulled the trigger as his dad reached for a camera. It was his first time shooting a fully automatic machine gun, and the recoil of the weapon was too much for him. He lost control and fatally shot himself in the head.
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No adult in his right mind would hand or allow someone to hand a loaded UZI to an 8 year old boy. I can tell you if I had been there and seen this developing I would have gotten in trouble for walking up and snatching that gun from the two idiot adults before they gave it to the kid.
I just had to share this monument of stupidity. I'm sure the father is absolutely devastated. I pray my son is never killed due to some stupid thing I do. I won't be too hard on him, but I am just dumbfounded that anyone would be so stupid.
Thank God the kid didn't really lose control and mow down the crowd too. I am so sad for this kid though.
What the hek was a loaded gun doing at a gun show ?
‘I can tell you if I had been there and seen this developing I would have gotten in trouble for walking up and snatching that gun”
He was not the only kid that day to shoot the mini-Uzi, from what I’ve read.
Would you let an 8 year old play with a band saw?
It is the small but flamboyant minority of complete idiots among 2A defenders that will give the left the propaganda they need to destroy the 2A.
A fully automatic weapon is a powerful tool - not a ******* toy.
I hope this "father" isn't allowed to raise any more children.
I don't know if he was suppose to shoot it, or if it just went off, but the recoil caused him to shoot himself in the head.
This "accident" was preventable in so very many ways it has just made me SICK this morning. No 8 year old should shoot or even HOLD a loaded UZI. I would come closer to letting my 8 year old hold a wild COBRA!
The idea that a Paramedic father and the (o*#$(*$^(%^ GUN INSTRUCTOR!!!!! Let an 8 year old hold a loaded UZI is just beyond stupid.
What a horrible thing to happen! A day out with dad that turned hideously tragic. I can’t imagine having to tell the boy’s mother. Poor woman, may God give both she and the dad strength.
MSM drivebys are calling this machinegun shoot a gun show, to demonize gun shows. It was not a gun show, but rather an organized shooting event, with a certified instructor per shooter.
The website for the event has been taken down, but I found a 2006 vid:
Looks like a pretty typical shoot, from my experience, I'm surprised though to see it in the People's Republic of Barney Frank.
It was part of the advertising to get folks to come to the show..... “Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo”
It was part of the advertising to get folks to come to the show..... “Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo”
The father ought to be locked up. Its criminal to allow a child to handle something like that. It’d be like letting him drive a car or play with your power tools. Whats wrong with a .22?
Westfield is in western MA. It’s like a completely different state. I grew up one town over from Westfield.
I was shooting at around 5, so were my kids and my grandkids. I’ve bought most of them their 1st guns, which reside in my safe. All of them were .22 rifles, not even semi-autos. Theses adults should be investigated.
An internet search shows another MG shoot in Hanson, MA. I thought that was a boy-band!
The town limits MG shooters to 21 yo with an ID.
Next I’ll find a boomershoot in Massachusetts, I bet.
Idiots! This child was surrounded by idiots when he died.
"This accident was truly a mystery to me," said Bizilj, director of emergency medicine at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford, Conn. "This is a horrible event, a horrible travesty, and I really don't know why it happened."
Anyone that has ever been around full-auto weapons would know that handing an 8 year old a full auto weapon of any kind is a criminally negligent thing to do. I doubt the 8 year old had ever fired even a single shot 9mm, much less one on full auto. In a small frame short barrel weapon the muzzle rise from full auto fire is pretty shocking the first time you try it. I have cycled thousands of 9mm+p rounds thru M9/92F Berettas, and the first time I shot a full auto 9mm sub with non+p, I was pretty amazed at how much effort it took to keep the muzzle down.
I think if I had seen someone hand a full auto Uzi to an 8 year old I would be in jail now for kicking their stupid asses.
ENRAGED MOTHER KILLS HUSBAND/FATHER BY SHOVING SUV UP HIS ****
Not after a trial by any jury that I'm sitting on.
It’s not just 8 year olds. It can be anyone of any age. I’ve seen videos of adults who had the gun fly up and completely over their head and land 10 feet behind them because they had no experience with a powerful load. I hate going to public ranges because you never know if the other people there are capable of handling weapons or not. I also hate when idiots give such guns to people that they know can’t handle it just to get some laughs.
Good thing Ft. Devens closed as that law would have caused some confusion on the firing range at the former Army base.
The longer I think about it, it's too bad this young kid didn't shoot (non-fatally) the Father and the gun instructor. I would be spending my morning laughing over my corn flakes. I don't like to see anyone hurt but that would have been much better than what happened.
This wouldn’t happen if we had gun education. If people understood guns, caliber and the prinicles of gun use. If people understood how guns worked.
We have an uneducated group here.
The guy who gave the gun to the 8 year old was a CERTIFIED GUN INSTRUCTOR!!! I just can’t deal with this story...
What’s wrong with a two-man chain saw for a warm up ?
Perhaps he didnt know the ability level of an 8 year old.
I started with BB guns at the age of five and was allowed to shoot 22 shorts through a single shot, break action rifle at the age of eight.
I was not allowed to fire a higher power rifle until I started hunting with shotguns at the age of 11 (started shooting target and clays with 410’s at the age of eight) and showed that I could handle the weapon and it's recoil safely.
I have done the same with my children and they not only handle any weapon with respect they are very safe and can be trusted with them.
Was there an open bar at this gun show? Because acts of stupidity this incredible are usually accompanied by lots of alcohol.
I'm sorry, but that's about as poor of judgment as you can get.
Unfortunately, involuntary man slaughter charges are probably on the way for the two adults.
The lie in the headline is that the accident took place at a “Gun Show.”
Gun shows are indoor events where guns and other goods are bought and sold. There is no shooting, and no loaded guns. This accident took place at a shooting range. This was not a “gun show” tragedy” but a “gun range” tragedy.
The actual event, as noted later in the article, was: Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club, co-sponsored by C.O.P. Firearms & Training.
I grew up with guns in the house (loaded and hanging on the wall) and in a family that hunted year around. That said, my father didn't feel it was appropriate for me to fire my first firearm until I was 10. He would have NEVER allowed me to fire an automatic weapon until I was in my teens.
I have an 8 & a 10-year-old, and there is absolutely NO WAY I think that it would be acceptable to allow them or any of their friends to fire an UZI on their own.
To me this is like throwing them behind the controls of a bulldozer to get some cute pictures of them knocking down a tree.
Good post. Remember the idiot who committed suicide and murdered his little daughter by having her flying planes at the age of five or six?
Jessica Dubroff. 7 years old.
When I was 19 I thought I was the smartest man on earth. I'm 41 now and I know what to be afraid of! The boast is literally correct: "I have forgotten (now) more than a 19 year old knows!" That is at least true of the 19 that I was....
No offense to our younger members. Trust me, I can't explain it to you, and there is no way for you to understand. Talk to me in 20 years.
We really need to stop involving kids in dangerous activities to make them the "youngest" to cheat death in some way.
No offense, but they died because they took off into unsafe weather conditions to try and meet a media schedule. That kind of crash kills people every year, and it’s stupid and preventable, but it didn’t have anything to do with the girl’s age.
Did I read somewhere that the kid was already an experienced shooter with calibers much more powerful than 9mm? I could have sworn I saw that in an article somewhere.
I’m withholding judgment on the father and instructor until I hear more. And I certainly won’t say letting children fire automatic weapons is necessarily a good idea. But if the child were able to handle with full-power handguns and rifles safely and competently, I don’t know that it’s a stretch to let him squeeze off a couple bursts from a 9mm Uzi. Another article I read said that other kids were firing it that day, obviously with no ill effects.
I'm amazed that either is tolerated in Massachusetts.
Of course not.
An experienced adult pilot with years of inclement flight-time logged and a 7 year old girl who has been flying for a short time as a gimmick are evenly matched when it comes to flying into a storm.
How silly of me not to realize.
I’ve been shooting since I was five. When my dad was teaching me, he held the gun back with his hands when I held it because he knew there’d be recoil.
The same method I’ve used with my daughters...all without incident for years.
The father had no idea what he was doing and I’m surprised the guy “renting” the UZI didn’t. I won’t hammer the father because I’m sure he has no interest in living either—God intervene he and his family.
Isn’t that a picture of Obama’s new program promoting the right of every fetus to commit suicide, thus saving the mother from being punished?
An experienced adult pilot was flying the airplane at the time it crashed. His poor decision-making, and not anyone’s airmanship, was the cause. Blaming the little girl is just factually incorrect.
>Perhaps he didnt know the ability level of an 8 year old.<
Would he have had an 8 year old simultaneously pull both triggers on a double barrel 12 gauge? Why on earth would he let a little kid like that shoot an Uzi, of all things??
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