Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

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,





19 thoughts on “NRA Women hit a PR home run

  1. blogenfreude1 says:

    Whenever you post, send the link to … I’ll send this one in …. That might get you linked up. We do what we can ….

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      Thank you so much! Hopefully they will pick it up 🙂

  2. Tell me you’re making this one up. Please?

  3. spirilis says:

    4 arguments sake Please lets stipulate that in this one instance justice was served. The parents must now deal with a crippled child and the instructor had a 38 year run evading Darwinian justice anyway. The second amendment is great Law. It does not mention guns at all. In any sane society, in fact in all sane societies guns are and can be regulated through the tax code. No regulation will ever get in the way of stupidity however. As my mom used to say “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt”

  4. Jan Stone says:

    Reblogged this on Elect2Care and commented:
    Can’t say it better than Aimee Patton. I’m still shaking my head.

  5. lwk2431 says:

    “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.”

    You don’t know that her parents were to blame. Certainly politicians can’t be expected to foresee such an unlikely accident? You can’t foresee every incidence of stupidity, even by supposedly trained “instructors.”

    This was a legally owned, and registered fully automatic submachine gun. The chances of any kid getting anywhere near such a weapon is millions to one. They are hugely expensive and expensive to shoot.

    Just for the record such weapons (registered full auto) have been involved in a crime only twice since 1934 (NFA).

    So that is the first thing to consider. Do you really need to pass a law for an accident that might happen once or twice in a century? Really? And in passing such a law preventing perfectly safe and harmless firearms instruction to kids (who mostly will be safer because of it)?

    Lots of younger kids shoot firearms safely all the time. This was a particularly egregious accident and there is no excuse for an idiot “instructor” who allowed this to happen. A comparable example would be a driving instructor telling a kid to run a red light if he didn’t see anyone close to the intersection.

    Millions of kids learn to fire some type of firearm at that age, and do so safely. This was a stupid accident, and nothing more.


  6. lwk2431 says:

    So should we also outlaw beaches (see below – just saw this):

    Girl, 9, dies; trapped in sand at Oregon beach

    1. Spacechief says:

      Are beaches naturally occurring?
      are you a moron?

    2. CJL says:

      No silly.. But the parents can be held accountable for negligent homicide. They obviously were not monitoring their 9 year old child well enough. See there are laws in place.

  7. johnsonfamily2 says:

    Kansas, Arizona, what terribly bad jokes.

  8. kimothyanne says:

    Aimee, I enjoyed your article and I agree with you. I enjoy target and trap shooting. However, once I gave birth to my twin daughters, what firearms I owned, I sold. As much as I really like shooting, I really like my children more and wanted to keep them around intact w/o any further traumas than those one receives throughout life itself.
    Now that they are grown, I have considered buying a handgun for target shooting.Of course, my husband is afraid I may “accidentally” shoot him but we’ll work that out between us.
    When I learned to shoot and firearm safety, it was taught at YMCA summer camp by an NRA instructor, back when that was what the NRA was for, not to sell firearms for firearm companies, as it now is. The very idea of making a shooting range “fun” for kids would have been antithesis to what we were taught. In fact, I do recall hearing that being around loaded weapons was not about “fun and games” back when I became certified.
    Keep up your good work.

  9. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    Thank you, Aimee, for a delightful read! You must have #GunSense too. 🙂

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      Thanks Jackie! The gun lobby and the NRA make me CRAZY! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

  10. That was a great article. Sharing!

  11. I read about the kid and the Uzi a while ago. Your summation hits the spot.

    I started shooting when I was 11. My first time on the range, our instructor held out a water mellon and we got to decorate it with a human face – eyes, mouth, ears – kinda looked like Mr Potato Head when we were done. Then the instructor put the mellon on a post downrange. He took out one of the .22 rifles and shot the mellon-head. It exploded. He said, “That’s what happens when a .22 bullet hits a human head. Do I have your attention now?” Could have heard a pin drop the whole day.

    My point – Gun Safety is an adult-guided lesson, conducted by mature people who know that kids only get bored when you don’t take the job of teaching seriously. I still shoot. So does my wife, my son (11) and daughter (13). We took a gun safety class with an NRA certified instructor before I allowed anyone to even touch a single bullet. The instructor didn’t use a mellon. He had a picture book of gunshot wounds. Message: guns are dangerous only when you are careless. Respect the gun.

    Thanks! Cliff

  12. Gun rights yes NRA no. The NRA under Wayne La Pierre has made a mockery of the 2nd amendment. Having the NRA take center stage for gun rights is like leaving the classroom under the guidance of a pedophile or turning over the keys to the liquor cabinet to an alcoholic. We have gone full circle from self defense to armed vigilante’s.Ultimately Mr La Pierre’s legacy will destroy any logical discussion regarding gun rights the NRA is no longer responsible.

    1. “The NRA under Wayne La Pierre has made a mockery of the 2nd amendment.”

      I didn’t see any logical arguments in your reply. Just a lot of emotional venting. The NRA has been a great organization involved in a worthy fight and in the last couple decades they have a record of winning big time on the important matters. Apparent a lot of Americans agree with some of their thinking as they have been buying firearms in record numbers. Believe I read the FBI background check just last week or so hit a new record of request for approvals to buy firearms in one day. Fortunately as a holder of a concealed carry license I am immune from background checks. 🙂

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