zanzibar: One thing to keep in mind about the irresponsible use of smg's is that it's a tremendous attraction for the events.
These are money making events, and often involve "connected" members of local law enforcement. People love to have the bragging rights of firing the weapons, even they cannot legally own one.
This was a mini- or a micro-Uzi,
which is a terrible gun to use at these events - it is difficult to control for such a small person.
The instructor was insane to give the girl a full clip, and then have her fire only one round in semi-automatic mode before switching it to automatic mode.
He acted basically as a cheerleader, giving minimal instruction, and no cautions. I wanted to yell at him when I saw him lean over and switch the gun to full automatic, without even informing the girl!
The gun pulls hard left and he gets shot in the head.
The gun is capable of firing over 10-15 rounds/second! And he didn't even tell the girl he was switching to automatic mode.
I'm being harsh on him, but he not only put his life at risk, but the girl's, and any spectators at the event. Here is an expert's opinion on the matter:
In the case of Christopher Bizilj, the 8-year old who also was killed at a similar event.
<Former Pelham, Mass., police chief Edward Fleury is on trial for the boy's death because he organized the gun expo. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty. >
The event was run by a former police chief. These events can be lucrative sources of money, and you must be politically connected in order to receive permission to run one, at least here in the Northeast.
The parents are irresponsible in allowing their children to handle such dangerous weapons, as these two cases show. But many times the instructors will tell them its perfectly safe, even though its not.
But even if responsible instructors try to dissuade the parents, other instructors will allow the children to proceed. Sometimes its the parent who is insistent:
<During Spano's testimony today he said that he warned Christopher's father about the gun prior to giving it to Christopher. Initially Spano had offered Christopher a gun that shot only one round at a time, but Dr. Bizilj asked him to give his son a fully automatic weapon that would shoot continuously, Spano said.>
The former police chief was eventually acquitted.
<Ex-Police Chief Edward Fleury says the gun show where the boy died was meant to be an "educational event".>
Aside- This is similar to the police propaganda about sobriety checkpoints nowadays - since they have been shown to be ineffective against removing drunk drivers from the roads (vs saturation patrolling), they justify this infringement on our 4th amendment right as "educational".
The proper education for using a firearm doesn't put a SMG in the hands of a child on the first day they ever fire a gun.