Wrongful death lawsuit filed against gun range where NJ girl accidentally killed a shooting instructor
Back in 2014, a 9-year-old New Jersey girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor in Arizona. The girl had been given an Uzi to fire at the range, but the gun’s recoil was too much for her to handle. She lost control of the gun and dropped it, which caused a bullet to fire directly into the instructor’s head. The family of the instructor who was killed have decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the gun range in Arizona.
This lawsuit comes at a time of many gun rights debates across the nation. It is absolutely horrifying that this young girl has to carry the weight of knowing that she took the life of another human being, despite the fact that it was completely unintentional. It certainly was not her fault that the shooting instructor was killed, and the blame could be pointed at multiple others.
The owner of the shooting range stated that they instruct children as young as 5 on using .22 rifles. With the range’s long history of teaching such young kids to shoot, it’s surprising that it took this long for a fatal accident to occur. The shooting range has a responsibility to use proper judgement when handing weapons over to young kids, especially when it comes to powerful weapons, like an Uzi.
On the other hand, the parents of the 9-year-old girl are somewhat at fault here for allowing their daughter shoot such a lethal weapon. Sure, they were just permitting their daughter to exercise her second amendment rights, but they probably should have suggested that she stick to shooting less powerful weapons.
Additionally, the deceased instructor is partially at fault as well. He probably should have used better judgement in the situation, but at the same time, he could have just been following the shooting range’s policies. It’s certainly a difficult scenario to grasp, and everyone was probably a little at fault that day. Either way, it’s tragic that a man’s life was lost, and that a young girl will have to deal with the burden of that for that rest of her life.