Thank you for your coverage on Aug. 28 of the 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun who lost control while firing a burst and accidentally killed the rangemaster. This is one consequence of allowing minors to fire automatic weapons. It ought to shock everyone that in the wake of this tragedy, some gun advocates defend the “right” of small children to fire machine guns. Nine-year-old girls have no business firing automatic nor selective-fire guns, and it is callous to blame the rangemaster for being killed.
Under strict supervision, with parental consent, kids over 12 may be allowed to use bolt-action rifles, shotguns or some semi-automatics. Most bolt rifles carry five rounds and cycle 10 to 15 rounds per minute, though the Lee-Enfield bolt rifle carries 10 cartridges and has an extreme fire-rate of 37 RPM. Most semi-automatics carry 8 to 20 rounds, and our famous M-1 Garand rifle cycles 27 RPM. But an Uzi machine pistol carries 32 rounds and cycles up to 1,000 RPM.
When the second amendment was written and passed, single-shot, muzzle-loading muskets were standard. That amendment does not allow unrestricted civilian machine-gun use.