Kids legally play with Uzi's at Machine Gun Shoot event, 1 shoots himself
Kids are allowed to legally participate in machine gun shoots in the USA. In October, pumpkins and other targets are set up for kids, and Uzi's are one firearm they can play with. One 8-year old boy died by one of the fast-streaming bullets that came from his Uzi when it recoiled jumping up and backwards. He died soon after leaving the premises.
"I gave permission for him to fire the Uzi," Bizilj said. "I watched several other children and adults use it. It's a small weapon, and Christopher was comfortable with guns. There were larger machine guns with much more recoil, and we avoided those."
The death of Christopher Bizilj at the Westfield Sportsman's Club Sunday has raised questions about how someone so young could be allowed to shoot an automatic weapon, which can fire hundreds of rounds in a minute.
"It's very difficult to control," said Greenleaf, who did not attend the gun expo and said it was the club's first death. "We're lucky the gun went up instead of sideways. If it went sideways, we might have had 10 dead people."
State Representative Michael Costello, the Newburyport Democrat who co-chairs the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, said yesterday that he plans to draft a bill that would ban anyone younger than age 21 from firing an automatic weapon.
"This isn't a knee-jerk reaction; it's a common sense reaction," he said. "We should take swift action to provide some reasonable restrictions on this type of unreasonable practice. It's almost indescribable that within a year of leaving a booster seat, an 8-year-old can be holding a submachine gun."
As his father raised his camera, an 8-year-old boy aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin set up at a shooting event. Before his father could focus, the third-grader from Connecticut squeezed the trigger, and the high-powered weapon recoiled and fatally shot the boy in the head.