Are the parents to blame if their kid falls off a charter fishing boat? Are they to blame if a roller coaster goes off the rails? C’mon bussie, to blame the parents alone is just wrong. Should they have shown some better sense and told their daughter “no, not until you’re older”? Sure. But to say this is their fault alone is short-sighted at best. They trusted the range and the instructor the same way they would a dance teacher, a baseball coach or teacher. It was the range and the instructor that had the ultimate say on whether or not this girl should fire an automatic weapon. The failure, ultimately, is on them. The parents could have shown better judgement. But to blame them alone is just wrong.
Exactly ... some are claiming the parents are not at all at fault and that is just plain stupid. The parents are responsible for what they allow their young child to do. Certainly this so-called 'instructor' has some culpability, but not alone.
September 2, 2014 at 12:45pm
Agreed. I don’t know why Amy is fixated on making the parents feel even worse than they do. They trusted the range and the instructor with their child. They failed her and her parents. Now, her parents could have researched it more and told their daughter that this might not be a good idea at her age. But, if the range and the instructor thought it was OK, how dare anyone blame the parents solely. I don’t know if I’ve read anything else by Amy, but she doesn’t seem qualified to be sharing an opinion on this topic at all.
September 2, 2014 at 12:37pm
I agree with you that blaming the parents is a cop-out. I think they should have been smarter about it and possibly encouraged their daughter to wait until she was older to handle such a weapon, but the range, their rules and the instructor set this tragedy up. The parents are willing participants, but hardly the ones to blame. The way Amy suggests the little girl’s father talked her into shooting the gun is obsurd and her apparent lack of firearms knowledge makes me wonder why she’s even writing this article. I can only hope Glenn Beck didn’t see this piece of crap and allow it on his website. I expect better from the Blaze and it’s people.
September 2, 2014 at 12:32pm
I agree with the sadness and preventable part of your commment. But to call this opinion column “excellent”, well, I don’t share your persepective. Amy doesn’t seem to demonstrate any firearms knowledge or hands-on information about this incident. Again, I agree with your take on “just cause you can does not mean you should”. There was some common sense lost by the parents, the instructor and the range here. Amy seems to want to blame the dad for talking his daughter into wanting to fire an Uzi. I’m not sure what evidence she pulls that theory from. That’s just one of my problems with this piece. But, yes this was sad and preventable.
 September 2, 2014 at 12:28pm
I agree with your. This is a tragic accident that should have been prevented with some common sense. Unfortunately now it’s fodder for the gun-grabbers.
September 2, 2014 at 12:23pm
[-1] September 2, 2014 at 12:23pm
Amy, I understand this is an opinion column, so you can write whatever you feel like. But please for one, stay on topic. What sense is there in critcizing a 9-year-old’s clothing when discussing a tragic death. What could her attire possibly do with the consequences of this tragedy? I’m sorry but have you ever been to a gun range? There’s no dress code! Pink shorts and a tiny t-shirt on a 9-year-old!?! For Pete’s sake, let’s call the fashion police and Child Services! How dare a tiny 9-year-old wear a tiny t-shirt. By all means, lets put her in camo gear and full riot vest. Are you serious? Do you have a 9-year-old or know any? Do they were anythings other than tiny t-shirts and shorts for a summer outing. And what in the world does that have to do with the outcome of this story?
Second, why are the rounds “live”? It’s a frickin’ shooting range! What other kinds of rounds would you expect to be there? Dummies? Blanks? Seriously, do you know what you’re even writing about?
This death is a tragedy. Did you interview anyone at the range before writing this? Did you inteview the parents? You clearly blame the dad for putting the idea of shooting an Uzi into his daughter’s mind. Based on what exactly? A hunch? The idea that men like guns? I have an 11 year old nephew who wants to shoot an M4. Is that his dad’s fault? There is fault on the parents here, sure. but also the instructor and the range.
I expect better from the Blaze than this uneducated nonsense.
 September 2, 2014 at 12:11pm
The parents own part of the blame, as does the instructor and the facility for allowing automatic weapons in the hands of untrained individuals. To blame the government or the NRA is like blaming the government and the FDA for letting people get fat. It’s just stupid. We have rights in this country. I have the right to eat cheeseburgers and if I get fat that’s my fault – not the governments or the FDA’s. If I take my child to a gun range that lets them fire an automatic weapon without any real training, that’s on me and the facility. Not the government’s or the NRA’s.
"untrained individuals". I imagine a large percent of the people who shoot Uzis at places like that are untrained. Thats why they have instructors there isn't it?.
"We have rights in this country" Children don't and aren.t supposed to have the same rights as adults.
So your logic is: It's OK for a facility to allow 9 year olds to fire Uzis. But the instructor has to make a quick decision (in front of an excited kid and her thrilled parents, (paying customers), as to whether she can fire a gun. How does one tell which 9 year olds can handle an Uzi and which cannot?.
February 26, 2014 at 10:54am
If this was developed by some kind of poll or something, I would agree, but I think this method is very flawed.
September 12, 2013 at 7:09pm
I think it’s cute.
August 31, 2013 at 2:20pm
Better than World War III though. Right?
August 31, 2013 at 2:18pm
Same here. Done.
July 17, 2013 at 2:32pm
Yes and the Nazi propaganda machine was in full swing for the entire Olympics. Did you know the carrying of the torch as part of the opening ceremonies was NOT part of the modern games until that year? It was part of the Nazi propaganda promoting the master race. AND did you know Hitler was Time Magazine’s man of the year in 1938? How blind the world was. Now we see how easily we do not learn well enough from history. How easily it can repeat itself.
May 4, 2013 at 7:59pm
This is one of the new videos Piers Morgan is using to call for “assault” rifle bans. Does anyone know if he legally owned the gun?
May 4, 2013 at 7:58pm
Bruce, I love the second amendment, but making bombs and missiles is not only extremely dangerous, it’s also going a bit beyond the need for self protection.
April 29, 2013 at 8:02pm
The journalism on this site shocks me sometimes. To call Tracy Morgan an actor is an affront to real actors. Shameful.
Take the guns away from their security guards first and see if they sing a different tune....
Why punish the security guard. How about barring the 'Enlightened Ones' from have any security?
Hi MONK, the soft sqhishy stuff between THEIR ears is is just sh/t. Nuff said.
As a gun owner I propose we simply get rid of Hollywood actors.
How 'bout we get rid of drug and alcohol addicted JO's. I'm down wit al dat!
Dont these dumb ass Hollywood people know they are now on the " Do Not Watch " list along with Eva
He's not an actor, he's a comedian. He was good on SNL. Having said that, I wish him and other dim witted actors would kindly just SHUT UP! I've always been the type that, if I don't know what something that I feel I should talk about, a little research goes a long ways. Actually, I would think it's a bit condescending for the press to ask actors political questions. They just don't know what the hell they're talking about. Some actors are smarter than others but Tracy Morgan seriously needs to stay away from adult subjects.
Well then, lets get rid of all bad people, who will be the judge?
It amazes me the credibility we give these actors. They do not have a clue. They live a sheltered life with everyone around them fawning all over them. There only problems are mostly self induced. Drugs, Sex , Rock and Roll, Sometime doesn't help them. They live in a different place from the rest of the world, and we watch and listen to them. Wow. Every one of these shooters were in violation off the present gun laws. The only ones that more gun laws would effect, are the honest citizens. Heck the Colorado shooting was in a gun free Theater. What the heck good did that do? Of course this is all while they have their security armed to the teeth at an arms distance. So brave and intellectual they are.
If you took away all guns Hollywood would have no plots for movies and all the real actors (not Tracy Morgan) would have no jobs
democrats are the smartest stupid people you will ever meet.
No wonder Trcy Morgan can"t keep a job. What an idiot!
AMEN.! I mean, what serious rolls has he ever done?
i'm sure happy there are waaaay more of us than dem
What did we expect? There are so many tools in Hollywood that are anti-gun. Im pretty much boycotting movies in theaters with these idiots accept maybe Lone Survivor when it comes out later this year. It would be nice if all gun respecting Americans boycotted all movies for a couple weeks and see if these idiots felt it
March 1, 2013 at 3:36pm
I love Colian Noir. This guy is not afraid to speak his mind AND he knows what he’s talking about. This is exactly the kind of person that should be in the spotlight in the gun debate. He’s real, he’s smart, articulate and even funny. Nice choice NRA.
March 1, 2013 at 12:43pm
Glenn, PLEASE get one of these guys (or both) on your show. You want to reach the blind followers of the Emperor? Having a chat with John Cusak about That Guy’s attack on the constitution will definitely raise some eyebrows.