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By Roy Denish

One child is killed every three hours, no background checks against those buying weapons in 33 states

150 Americans shot every day, 83 are killed every day.

West Field, MA October 26th 2008 10.53 am: The weather was overcast, a slight breeze swept across the open fields, a lively third-grader, son of a medical director walked past his father clutching an Israeli made micro Uzi pistolet automatique and aimes the gun at a pile of pumpkins, little knowing that he would not live another day to see the day- light.

Christopher Bizilj, the eight year old was killed due to a gun-shot injury that was caused by the weapon flipping backwards as soon as the trigger was released. The Muzzle velocity of an UZI is estimated to be 400 meter per second.

The misadventure occurred at the annual machine gun shoot and fire arms expo, organized by Westfield Sportsman Club. The organizers of the event bragged on their website “age is not limited nor licensed required” and the cost was just $ 5.00 to have “fun”

The death sparked a heated debate among politicians in the Capitol Hill. The anti-trigger happy supporters took law-makers to the task, petitions poured in, vigil services and demonstrations were held and newspapers were flooded with letters. But the pro-gun advocates came firing their cylinders to prevent the administration passing any new laws.

The obituary notice of Christopher Bizilj

Christopher Karol Bizilj, 8, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (October 26, 2008) at Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, MA. Christopher was always upbeat, smiling, and loved life. He was always looking forward to his next adventure. His big brother was his closest and most influential friend. Christopher is survived by his loving parents, Doctor Charles and Suzanne Bizilj; his brother and best friend, Colin Bizilj. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Ashford School, 440 Westford Rd., Ashford, CT 06278. Donations will be used for new computer technology at the school. Christopher’s parents, Charles and Suzanne, ask that you celebrate his brilliant but short life, and the positive impact that he had on so many people.

Following the death, the club prohibited anyone under the age of eight handling a gun or a bow. But the law seems to apply only to one state. Just three weeks ago in Nevada at a popular tourist shooting range, the Machine Gun Vegas; a seven year old child was seen target-shooting armed with a German made Heckler & Koch assault rifle. The kid was being taught the finer points by none other than Jackie Carrizosa, the former United States naval officer, now an instructor at the MGV.

Caption: The “Bad Ass Chick”, Jackie Carrizosa seen here with the “prepubescent” seven year old armed with the German made assault rifle, HK416, at the Machine Gun Vegas Shooting Range in Las Vegas. Picture posted on the Face book by Michael Nixon, the father of the boy.

The controversial photograph appeared on the MGV’s Face book page. The picture shows, the tattooed beauty nick named as “bad ass chick”, by Singer Robyn Rihanna instructing the “prepubescent” boy how to handle the seven pound rifle that uses a detachable magazine. The weapon with 850 rounds per minute cycle is made by the German arms maker with the collaboration of US army’s Delta Force (DF)

“Our whole family had an awesome time – our 7 year old son had a “blast”. Great staff and kickass guns. Thanks MGV!” Michael Nixon, the father of the seven year old posted on MGV’s Face book page.

The lingering question among the anti-gun advocates is whether children under the age of 18 should be permitted into shooting ranges. According to the Statistics by a non-profit organization, the Stop Hand Gun Violence, eighty three Americans are killed every day, eight children are maimed every day or one child  is killed every three hours, more than 150 Americans shot every day and in 33 states there are no background checks against those buying guns. Food for thought: the national Rifle Association donated $ 6.7 million to congress in 2010.

The gun-wielding Carrizosa shot into the lime light after she was drafted as a weapon- trainer for Singer Rihanna  for the movie, the Battleship, the movie to be released in may this year.  Her lady luck smiled on her when the Director Peter Berg spotted her playing football with the US Navy.

However, the six million dollar question is whether States would ban under-age children handling guns or visiting shooting ranges especially when gun-related killings and injuries are mounting high.

The author is a freelance writer. Any questions contact roydenish@gmail.com

by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM
Replies (21-30):
romalove
by Roma on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

 Mine shouldn't.

Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM


Quoting Tanya93:

If there parents want to allow them to learn how to use them.   Why shouldn't parents be able to teach them how to handle them?


Good question.

Tanya93
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

should be their.    Stupid autocorrect

Quoting Godgaveme4:


Quoting Tanya93:

If there parents want to allow them to learn how to use them.   Why shouldn't parents be able to teach them how to handle them?


Good question.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

We have 5 kids altogether. I think they were about 12 when they first touched guns. They're all adults, except one 16 yr old. None of them have an interest in owning. We have 7 guns, even at this age (31 - 16) they've never handled any of ours without us there. We have presented all our guns as a tool for killing, we didn't present it as anything other than what it is.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Sounds like what happened to this little guy was an accident. I don't have any problem with unsupervised children using dangerous tools or equipment. How else are they suppose to learn to use those kinds of things safely?

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Not in my world.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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If a child is going to be around guns, damn straight they should learn about that weapon.  About safety, how to use it properly, how it is to be stored, etc.

It is so important to teach our children respect for weapons.  Once they learn, and are taught properly, they are no longer as curious and/or scared of the weapon.  

It is far too irresponsible for any adult not to teach children about weapons.  Especially if there will be weapons around the child.  At all.

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." ~ Maya Angelou

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

 I shot it once and my shoulder was bruised and hurt for almost a week!  I don't think I will ever shoot it again lol

Quoting JamesMom714:

Agreed!
Heck I don't even shoot out 30-06 as that thing is a beast! But we will teach our son once he is old enough about gun safety and how to shoot (he's not even 2 yet).
We will likely start with a child size .22 rifle.


Quoting kailu1835:

 I think the reason so many kids get shot by guns is because their parents thought they shouldn't be handling them and so didn't teach them proper gun safety.  My son is getting his first bb gun for his 6th birthday this year.  My husband will be teaching him the proper way to handle it, how to clean it, how to make sure there are no bullets in it, etc etc etc.  When he is 7 we plan to get him his first hunting rifle, and he will learn how to shoot so that he can hunt with dad at 8.  That was basically the same track my husband was raised on, and so we're sort of following along. 


I do, however, think that it's important that kids are only allowed to handle guns they are big enough to handle.  For instance, while Luke would be capable of shooting a bb gun by himself, we would never dream of handing him the 30-aught 6.  That thing is so powerful it would probably land him on his back 50 feet from where he shot.


 

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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting kailu1835:

 I think the reason so many kids get shot by guns is because their parents thought they shouldn't be handling them and so didn't teach them proper gun safety.  My son is getting his first bb gun for his 6th birthday this year.  My husband will be teaching him the proper way to handle it, how to clean it, how to make sure there are no bullets in it, etc etc etc.  When he is 7 we plan to get him his first hunting rifle, and he will learn how to shoot so that he can hunt with dad at 8.  That was basically the same track my husband was raised on, and so we're sort of following along. 

I do, however, think that it's important that kids are only allowed to handle guns they are big enough to handle.  For instance, while Luke would be capable of shooting a bb gun by himself, we would never dream of handing him the 30-aught 6.  That thing is so powerful it would probably land him on his back 50 feet from where he shot.

Our kids have had the opportunity to shoot a number of different kinds of guns.  The .22 is their favorite.  And they have shot them at different ages.  Of course we are right beside them or hovering over them with our hands on the gun.  So while we do not just hand the gun over to them to fire on their own we do give them opportunities.

 Same here.  Unless we're actually using the guns, they stay in the safe.  We don't even have any bullets on hand.  We used them up at the last pumpkin shoot.

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momtimesx4
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

My kids have grown up around guns and have been taught gun safety from the get go.  They only get to touch one of them when myself or DH is around.  As for as shooting them, only .22LR so far but they are well versed at cleaning them.  My oldest got to help us build another AR15 earlier this year.

The article mentioned no background checks and I would like to know what they consider a background check, every 4473 needs a NICS Proceed code or state concealed permit in lieu of (depending on your states laws)

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