Sure, the guy seemed like a Loony, but it all turned out all right.
Hollywood. They gotta sell tickets. Go figure.
IRL ... "In Real Life" ... incompetents usually lead to pathos and no good feelings.
Doney: Gun extremists show their callousness - Roanoke Times: Opinion:
September 04 2014
Scene: a semi-private shooting range.
Storyline: A "firearms instructor" puts an UZI in the hands of a little girl, and doesn't monitor the shooter safely.
Action: Uncontrolled Uzi performs a Darwinian function. Well .. that's its job.
Many gun enthusiasts resort to trite slogans in order to further their cause of destruction. The Virginia Citizens’ Defense League handed out stickers at the Steppin’ Out street fair in Blacksburg that read “Guns Save Lives.” Guns did not save my life when I was at work at New River Community College on April 12, 2013; the student who opened fire at my school was subdued by an unarmed security officer. Guns obviously did not save Charles Vacca’s life. In case we need any more evidence of the National Rifle Association’s utter callousness and horrifying lack empathy, the women’s Twitter feed of the NRA posted an article called “7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Gun Range” a mere two days after Vacca’s death.Uh .. bad timing, there. Charles Vacca paid the ultimate price for his incompetence, but his legacy lives on.
It's the NRA's fault!
I always thought it was the fault of the instructor who didn't do his job right. Was he an NRA Certified Instructor? Haven't heard that yet, one way or the other. And I haven't seen any other information about his training and his background. As far as I know, Vacca was just a well-meaning, enthusiastic guy shooter who was eager to unculcate others into "the JOY of SHOOTING".
Did he not know his limitations.
And if you decide to allow your child to shoot a fully automatic firearm (curse of the Arugula Set), you got to ask yourself:
What was this family doing, when they put their small daughter's safety in the hands of someone whose competence is now being questioned? Was there some earlier link between them, which caused them to assume some aura of competence which was apparently undeserved?
We don't know that yet, either. Before we automatically blame the 'obvious' player, it is usually a worthy exercise to understand the back-story.
It's easy to blame others; not so easy to accept your own blame.