Today’s wake-up news was one of those “only-in-America” stories that had me shaking my head. A nine-year old girl accidentally shot her instructor in the head while being taught how to use an uzi. The questions brought to mind around this incident are so numerous in both volume and variety, I can only imagine what laws are about to change. Or then again, maybe none.
America’s fascination with guns could be affected if every person were required to spend a couple of hours in an inner-city hospital. As an ICU nurse, I have personally seen dozens of cases where the victim was not shot by an intruder, but rather shot by themselves while cleaning, storing, or just showing their guns to others. And yes, I’ve seen more than two patients who shot themselves in the foot while shoving their guns in their pants or pockets. If you really think this through, they got lucky.
But wait. I know your retort. “We need more safety classes.” Absolutely! I wouldn’t think of giving my nine-year-old an uzi without one, that is if I had a nine-year-old and/or an uzi, and I had just completed my weekly mental exam and taken all my medication.
Bullets and Burgers. Garden and Gun (a magazine). A nine-year-old being taught to shoot an uzi. What’s next? Oh, right. A funeral and a grieving family.