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#153503 - 10/28/08 06:41 PM Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi
nursemike Offline
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News article here.

The comcast.net version of the article identified the dad as an ER phycician from western Connecticut. Instructor present, dad apparently helping the child stay upright.

I believe that kids are better off learning to understand and shoot guns than not. It appears that these were not stupid people, and that this was not an uncontrolled situation. Misfortune? Bad judgment?
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#153504 - 10/28/08 06:45 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: nursemike]
Nishnabotna Offline
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I'd say both - simply too much for a small child to handle and things went south from there.
There's a reason why you're not supposed to carry more gun than you can handle.

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#153507 - 10/28/08 06:57 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: Nishnabotna]
CBP Offline
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I'm not sure what the instructor or father was thinking. Seems like a lot of gun for a little guy like that. And it just takes a second for something to happen. It seems to me the news said this morning that dad had reached for a camera. I remember an almost incident at the range. A young boy was "helping" dad by collecting the spent shells, but this one time decided to get a head start. He started moving from behind dad forward toward the muzzle as dad was pulling the trigger. Had to grab 'em.


Edited by CBP (10/28/08 07:03 PM)
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#153508 - 10/28/08 07:03 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: Nishnabotna]
7point82 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nishnabotna
I'd say both - simply too much for a small child to handle and things went south from there.


A very sad situation.

I'd guess you're very likely correct.
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#153509 - 10/28/08 07:08 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: 7point82]
Hikin_Jim Offline
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crap. That sucks really really bad.
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#153512 - 10/28/08 07:18 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: nursemike]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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That's insane!!


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#153518 - 10/28/08 07:42 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: ]
unimogbert Offline
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Might have overlooked the best practice that suggests you start 'em with a single round. Then two. Then three to see how they handle it before giving a full magazine.

Terrible tragedy.

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#153523 - 10/28/08 07:57 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: unimogbert]
nursemike Offline
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An acquaintance was killed at our local range when his 1911 went full-auto on him. Experienced guy, but a worn sear is a big surprise and muzzle climb happens real fast. makes that crossbow thread look better and better.
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#153524 - 10/28/08 08:03 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: unimogbert]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Quote:
Police said the boy, Christopher Bizilj (pronounced Bah-SEAL) of Ashford, Conn., was with a certified instructor, and ruled the death a "self-inflicted accidental shooting."

As Christopher 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 Nuņez said. The boy died at a hospital.


Again no-one is taking any responsibility for this gun related death. The supervising adults responsible for putting an Uzi machine gun into this childs hands should be charged with manslaughter. They are responsible for the death of this child, not the child, 'Self-inflicted accidental shooting' is just absolutely pathetic.


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#153527 - 10/28/08 08:10 PM Re: Eight year old boy killed while firing an uzi [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
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Dear God, an 8-year-old with an Uzi?
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