On the basis that Americans usually tend to appear as hysterical children in most things, (I developed that definition entirely without malice or the benefit of a bad personal experience but as a result of a lengthy lifetime of being subjected to the bastardisation of my native tongue and constant exposure to unnecessary gore, violence, curious social mores and appalling language in films and TV) the incident, although tragic in the extreme, comes as no surprise. I confess to knowing no Americans personally and have only met any while on holiday. However, if they allow children to handle deadly weapons it only serves to confirm my highly prejudiced view.
As I understand this the child fired one round which the â€˜trainerâ€™ remarked as being â€œOKâ€. He then set the gun at full auto and gave it to the child to fire. As the gun fired, the recoil caught her by surprise. Anyone who has fired an automatic rifle or gun for the first time (in my early days with such tools it was either a Bren gun or the upward-and-around involuntary shift of aim of the Sten and the butt was unable to take two people side by side) will confirm it is just a bit surprising, even for an adult.
The child panicked and the natural reaction was to grip the weapon tightly to control it - forgetting her finger was squeezing the trigger â€“ so the magazine emptied. I believe the child was inadequately trained. Thatâ€™s even before you consider the question of arming a child.
Charlton Hestonâ€™s paraphrasing of â€˜my cold dead handâ€™ is a bitter reminder of just how mad the NRA are. The child now has a lifetime of being remembered for the wrong things and will no doubt suffer extreme publicity affecting her wellbeing for a very long time. A double tragedy.