Reactions have started pouring in from Americans over the accidental shooting to death of a gun instructor by her 9-year-old student in Arizona, USA.
Todd Watkins of Atlanta, Georgia said, “I am pro-gun and I own 112 guns. I have hunting firearms and defensive firearms. I use an AR-15 for protection.
For me the issue is that this child was firing an automatic weapon. I would not have my child training with automatic weapons. Automatic firearms are harder to control.”
According to Brianna Grocholski, of Richmond, Virginia, “with all of the mass killings and violence that children are regularly exposed to, I do not find it necessary to advocate for children to shoot.”
She said further, “Children should be preoccupied with what is important: their education. Academics is our priority and the longer our children can remain innocent, the better.”
Many firing ranges have strict safety rules on instructing children, Arizona firearms safety expert Ronald Scott told the Associated Press.
But instructors usually also have their hands on a high-powered firearm while children are firing such weapons.
“We really don’t know what happened. Our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they’re shooting,” he told a local broadcaster.
“If they’re shooting right-handed, we have our right-hand behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way. And if they’re left-handed, the same thing.”
“You can’t give a nine-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it,” Mr Scott said.