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9-year-old accidentally shoots & kills her shooting instructor: Should shooting ranges have age requirements?

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Marcie Bianco

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9-year-old accidentally shoots & kills her shooting instructor: Should shooting ranges have age requirements?

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Allie McG

Of course they should. It's crazy to have a small person in control of a gun, Uzi or otherwise. The kick back of any gun is extremely powerful. I shoot guns and am a 120 lb woman and the kick back is something I actively have to control.

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Marcie Bianco

Yes, they should. They should have age requirements more so than, say, height requirements, which are now being considered by shooting ranges across America because of this tragedy.

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danieldoman

I think it's crazy to put a sub machine gun in the hands of a 9 year old. Don't really think assault rifles should be a part of our culture. But that said, the instructor was a totally at fault here. Stand behind a nine year old kid about go fire a machine gun for his sake. Of COURSE the recoil will be a surprise stand behind her to brace her. Put a hand on her arm to help. A nine gear old child has to live with the memory is something that an adult was responsible for

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Lauren Weiss

Absolutely. That gun was clearly not appropriate for someone of her age and size. She probably sat in a booster seat on the way to the range. It is unfortunate this happened, but I do hope that it causes ranges to reconsider safety policies.

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