The only person to blame is the father. How the hell is the police chief responsible for that??? The father gave permission!!
I will say that if that was my kid, I'd have loaded 2 rounds in the clip ..... then 3 ... then 4 ... to get him used to the recoil, & the tendency for the muzzle to climb. The kid panicked & held the trigger, resulting in a tragic accident.
This is no different than letting a kid ride a dirtbike for the first time. When I was 12, I let my buddy ride my BW80. I didn't even think that someone couldn't figure it out, as it was so obviously easy ... to me. He got on, hit the throttle, panicked, and went full throttle into the side of a house without touching the brakes. His inexperience kept him from a simple roll off the throttle. Same exact situation here with the trigger.
I let my wife shoot my 1911-A1 in .45 ACP, using my lead handloads at 7 grains of powder. I always forget how long I've been doing this ... so I forget to tell her the obvious. After she pulled the trigger, she nearly hit herself in the face with the gun. Had that been fully automatic, my wife would be dead .... and it would have been MY fault for being complacent.
Same deal when I bought her a '84 Honda XL350R. To me, it seemed the perfect bike to learn on. Not too much power ... not incredibly fast ... by my standards. She dumped the clutch & rode a wheelie for a good 30 feet, before thankfully flipping over backwards before running into the side of a house, like my buddy did.
This taught me a valuable lesson! Just because I know how to do something, doesn't mean the rest of the world does. This is a lesson that father should have learned ...
Situations like this suck for the rest of us .... because now, the biased media will use this as an "example" of how ALL guns are "dangerous", without regard to whether or not they're full-auto or not. How many on this board can legally buy a fully automatic weapon??? I rest my case.