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article imageOp-Ed: Bullets and burgers: make mine an Uzi

By Robert Weller     Aug 27, 2014 in Travel
Kingman - Most vacation trips to the southwest end up in Vegas for gambling or Los Angeles for rides at Disneyland. In gun-happy America add stopping at a gun range.
Such a trip cost 39-year-old Charles Vacca his life. He worked at a border stop called Burgers and Bullets. It was visited by a vacationing family who thought it might be fun.
The New Jersey family’s nine-year-old daughter signed up for a lesson on how to fire an Uzi. Vacca showed the girl how to fire the gun on single shot, and then put it on automatic.
The recoil from the automatic caused the gun to begin spraying in all directions. At least one bullet hit Vacca in the head.
He was rushed from the gun range on the Arizona-Nevada border to a trauma one hospital 25 miles to the north in Las Vegas, Nev., where he died.
Once the gun was put in automatic mode, and the child pulled the trigger, “the guy just dropped.”
The gun range advertises: “Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons,” the website states. “At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns.
“Let ‘em Rip!”
An autopsy will be performed on the body of Vacca, of Lake Havasu City.
Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, told Associated Press most instructors have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons. "You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said.
The Los Angeles Times reports an eight-year-old was killed In 2008 in Massachusetts in a similar accident.
Nevada law enforcement officials said no charges were planned. Most gun ranges in the area require the participants be at least eight years old.
The family made a video of some of the incident.
Here is the company's add Burgers and Bullets.
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