Slain gun instructor’s family wants law to ban children from automatic weapons

CNN – by Holly Yan

One year ago today, Charles Vacca’s children received the horrific news: Their father, a shooting instructor, was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun.

Vacca’s children have publicly forgiven the girl. But now, they’ve launched an online petition pushing for legislation to prevent children from shooting fully automatic weapons.  

A video on the petition’s website features Vacca’s four children, starting with his 12-year-old son, Christopher.

“It’s legal for kids my age and younger to shoot Uzis,” Christopher said. “That hasn’t changed.”

Vacca’s 16-year-old daughter, Ellie, offered a startling comparison: “Laws say that children can’t drink, can’t drive, can’t vote. But they can shoot fully automatic assault weapons. That hasn’t changed.”

“It’s time for a change. We have a voice, and so do you,” the children said on the petition’s website.

“The adults haven’t been able to keep people safe, so it’s time for us to speak up,” 15-year-old Tylor said.

On August 25, 2014, Vacca was teaching the 9-year-old girl how to shoot an Uzi at the Bullets and Burgers shooting range in Arizona. The gun range, which caters to Las Vegas tourists about an hour away, has said on its website that children between the ages of 8 and 17 can shoot if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Cell phone video shows Vacca standing to the left of the girl as she fires. Gun experts have said that was the wrong position, because the Uzi would have recoiled to the left.

In the video, the girl fires several rounds in rapid succession. (Experts said an Uzi can fire five rounds in one-third of a second.) The gun kicks to the left as the girl loses control.

It’s easy for anyone — including adults — to lose control of an automatic weapon. That’s why beginners should have no more than three rounds in a magazine at a time, said Steven Howard, who runs American Firearms & Munitions Consulting.

“The thing begins to fire, and it begins to jump and buck all over the place,” he said.

Slain gun instructor's family reaches out to girl

“Your first human instinct is for your hands to clamp down, and you clamp down on the trigger, and if the thing has a 32-round magazine … it starts spraying all over and people get killed.”

Just days after Vacca was killed, his children said they forgave the girl who shot him. They released a video through their attorney, speaking to the girl they’ve never met.

“You are only 9 years old. We think about you. We are worried about you,” Tylor said. “We pray for you, and we wish you peace. Our dad would want the same thing.”

Christopher, the youngest, said he hopes to one day meet the girl and give her a hug.

“We don’t know your name,” he said. “But we are connected by this tragedy.”

And with the petition, they hope, no other families will have to suffer what these two families are enduring.

15 thoughts on “Slain gun instructor’s family wants law to ban children from automatic weapons

  1. Your dad made a mistake and he died for it. Whoring yourselves out to the communists will not change that fact.

    1. Absolutely. I have to wonder if they were alone in “pushing” this petition. It just doesn’t seem like the kind of thing children, of a gun instructor no less, do on their own.

      1. Most Americans don’t want to learn lessons. Most want laws to protect them from having to learn lessons. What did Thomas Jefferson say about legislating against peoples folly? Seems most Americans can’t remember and those that do don’t care.

    1. Jeno, I don’t think this guy is too far from the truth. It stacks up like horse poop, and the pile get’s higher as the days go on. It appears to have been a staged event to scare people from buying guns. “I don’t want guns going off uncontrollably in my hand killing friends. So I’ll never buy a gun. They go off by themselves. They are too dangerous to own. People aren’t dangerous, guns are!” A complete piece of propaganda.

        1. “General W.R. Monger: This place is an X-file, wrapped in a cover-up and deep-fried in a paranoid conspiracy.”

          Heh, heh, heh… couldn’t resist.

  2. he died because he was stupid enough to own a jewish gun.
    so in the end, he got jewed.

    and the girl learned a lesson that day – dont deal wih anything jewish!

    1. I’m trying to understand, a “Jewish gun”? Please extrapolate. I’ve heard the usual sayings. “Don’t Jew me”, “You tryin’ to Jew me down?”, “Lying Jew scumbag”, and so forth. Why do you suppose there is such utter contempt for “God’s chosen”?

  3. “The adults haven’t been able to keep people safe, so it’s time for us to speak up,” 15-year-old Tylor said.”

    Time for you to SHUT up, little poopbutt.

    The adults put you up to this cr@p, obviously, so you’re nothing more than a commie tool, dipsh#t.

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