Texoma residents respond to Arizona gun range accident

SHERMAN, TX-- After a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed an Arizona gun range instructor with an Uzi, News 12 spoke to local gun experts and Texoma residents on the story that

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SHERMAN, TX-- These are the last moments of Charles Vacca's life.

Just seconds later, Vacca was shot by a 9-year-old girl firing a fully-automatic uzi.

The video taken by the girl's parents, while on vacation in Arizona, has shocked people on both sides of the gun control argument.

"And, I was surprised at the whole thing," Jason Webb said. "With the full-auto, you know, given to a child."

"I just don't think children and automatic riffles like that," Linda Garcia said. "I just don't believe in it."

Jason Webb, a gun-safety instructor and owner of Red River Firearms, says a child never should have learned how to shoot with that size gun.

"Start them off with a 22. Like when we teach kids here. One, the parent has to be actually with them through the whole training process or the class that we're having. But we limit it to basically 22's."

It's not uncommon for children to want to shoot firearms, Webb says.

"Over the past two years, we've seen a trend where kids are actually coming up more with their parents and stuff like that," Webb said.

But how young is too young? And why does a 9-year-old need to fire a gun?

"One it's a family thing and two I kinda think the persona has kinda changed a little bit, in shooting," Webb said. "That shooting is a sport as well.

Webb teaches children as young as 10-years-old to shoot and he's not the only one.

"Well I have an 11-year-old grandson right now, which is not to different from 9-year-olds. And i'm teaching him to shoot right now," Joe Fitzsommons said.

Webb says he cannot stress enough proper gun safety, not only for kids but anyone who handles firearms.

"Just because you buy a gun doesn't mean through osmosis of owning the gun that you can hit everything your aiming at and be safe."


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