Dear NRA Women,
Well I’ve got to hand it to you. I’ve never seen a PR home run hit quit as well as the one you hit this week after news broke of the 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot her instructor while firing a Uzi at the Bullets and Burgers shooting range in Arizona. While the nation asked the question, “What the hell was a 9-year-old doing with a Uzi in the first place?” You took the more interesting approach of reminding all of us that shooting ranges can be a barrel of laughs for your youngsters when they aren’t accidentally killing people. It’s a reminder that was well needed in this time of national outrage.
Lets face it, shooting ranges can get booorrrring for kiddos just firing round after round of live ammunition that can and in this case did kill someone. We don’t want the little kiddos to get bored.
Some of the suggestions in the article you posted are:
- Provide animal shaped targets
- Multicolored targets – This is great for the younger shooter like under 8. It goes with the toddler mentality – anything brightly colored and shiny will do.
- Zombie targets – I always say one can’t ever be too prepared for the very real potential of a zombie apocalypse.
- Provide plinker targets that spin around
Since we want children to understand that guns aren’t toys, there is no better way to teach that lesson than to make the shooting range arcadelike. The logic is perfect!
It goes on and on with suggestions of exploding targets and moving targets. I think you left a few out. Since these are kids we are talking about here, let’s put them in some real scenarios where if they had a loaded weapon at home and had to make a split second decision where the kids are “the good guy with a gun trying to stop a bad guy with a gun” they could make that decision. I mean why else are they at a shooting range? Here is what I would suggest:
- How to tell a bad guy from your pesky little brother game. Have cut outs of robbers vs. your little brother holding your diary pop up. Which one do you shoot?
- Have a front door and it opens late at night it’s either a. your parents or b. an intruder have little Johnny decide when to fire the gun.
These examples are sick, but guess what so is your suggestion that shooting ranges be fun for children. This isn’t a game and weapons aren’t toys. This girl’s life is forever changed from what happened in Arizona. Her parents are to blame, the shooting range is to blame and politicians are to blame for not implementing regulations and raising the legal age that children can be firing weapons. The law says it’s ok for children as young as eight to fire weapons at shooting ranges with their parents present. We don’t allow children under 14 to drive cars with their parents in the car – why? Because they are children and the likelihood that they will kill someone or themselves is too high. Why would we have that standard for an automobile, but not have the same standard for a high-powered weapon? This is beyond me. This isn’t about “taking guns away”, it’s about protecting our children.
Shame on you NRA Women.
Yours for smarter gun laws,