After 9-Year-Old’s Uzi Accident, NRA Tweets Ways Kids Can Have Fun at Gun Ranges

The gun advocacy organization doesn’t want children to get bored while shooting targets.

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Staff Writer Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

America is still wrapping its head around a nine-year-old girl accidentally shooting and killing a gun instructor at a range in Arizona on Monday. As horrific as the incident was, the NRA still tweeted a link to an article on Wednesday afternoon about how to ensure kids enjoy themselves at shooting ranges.

The tweet came from the NRA Women Twitter account. NRA Women, which is sponsored by Smith & Wesson, pegs itself as a resource for “empowered” ladies who tote guns. Apparently, pint-size girls need to be inspired to lock and load.

The tweet linked to an Aug. 20 article from Women’s Outdoor News titled "7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range." The author wrote that “if children continually shoot the same bull’s-eye target, they can become tired, exhausted, or bored. As the boredom sets in, the effort that goes into shooting can deteriorate.”

What’s a parent to do if a tot is tired of shooting? The article goes on to suggest that parents mix it up by allowing their kids to shoot animal, mutant, and zombie targets as well as objects that explode when a bullet hits them.

The article didn’t offer parents commonsense advice on not allowing a young child to handle a nine millimeter Uzi that’s been put in fully automatic mode.

After a backlash on social media, the organization deleted the tweet. It’s a possibility that the tweet had been prescheduled and no one at the NRA noticed the poor timing. However, given that the organization sees no problem with people toting guns in the baby aisle at Target and into fast-food restaurants, the death of the instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, might just be seen as collateral damage in the fight to uphold the Second Amendment.

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