Thursday, December 04, 2008

A special kind of stupidity

File this one under "it seemed like a good idea at the time":

From the Associated Press:
A police chief was among three men indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a gun show.

The Westfield Sportsman's Club also faces the manslaughter charge in the death of Christopher Bizilj (bah-SEAL') of Ashford, Conn., who lost control of the 9mm micro submachine gun as it recoiled while he was firing at a pumpkin.

The boy's father was 10 feet behind him and reaching for his camera when the child fired the weapon.

Apparently the Uzi was a licensed, legally owned full auto model. Hard to believe someone experienced enough to have a full auto would hand it over to an 8 year old, but there it is. This would be comical in a Three Stooges kind of way if not for the pointless loss of a young boy's life. Remember--the brain is the first, best weapon and needs to be turned on at all times; especially around kids. It's incidents like this that give ammunition to the anti-gun crowd. This is really sad.


Jan said...

I believe we are moving into an era of having our "right to think", also being under serious attack.

How often have you read an article about someone acting stupid, only to discover that, as a result, a new law has been enacted requiring that a product be banned or labeled 'dangerous'? It is not just 'guns' that are 'dangerous and threatening’; it is everything from alcohol and cigarettes to toys and open windows!

I'm not against legislation requiring that manufactures address the health and safety of their products, but I do question the outright prohibition of products simply because I may not have the 'brains' to take the proper precautions, or to address the potential harm it may cause me if used in appropriately.

If we do not start putting more emphasis on education and the development analytical thinking skills, instead of on the legislation of laws to protect us from ourselves, then we can expect to have every aspect of our lives prescribed for us by an ever more intrusive government.

Our rights are not being 'taken' away from us, rather we seem to be 'giving' them away out of shear ignorance and laziness.

Zak Johnson said...

I think you're on to something. Unfortunately, society as a whole is becoming less familiar with firearms. I think we need to ensure that skills, as well as rights, are preserved in our culture.