People don't seem to have much common sense. I guess it's not as common as one might expect.
I have a close friend who is a pistol expert-- a grand master in practical combat pistol. He taught me to shoot automatic pistols years ago. Before letting me fire one he was thorough in his explanation of how the guns worked, single action vs double action etc. He knew that I knew the long gun rules but reviewed all gun rules anyway. We began with dry firing to examine my natural flinch and practice a smooth trigger pull. When we moved to live fire, he loaded only one .22 round in the clip so that if the recoil startled me, or exceeded by strength, a reflex pull of the trigger would not discharge additional and stray rounds. We practiced that way many times so that he could observe my behavior and be certain that I understood how to work the gun. Only after that did we move to larger calibers and add more ammunition to the clip. He exercised considerable caution with me for our safety. I was a thirty three year old adult at the time, experienced with rifles since my teens.
To say that these educated professional men (a police chief and a medical doctor) were negligent in the supervision of this child would be much too kind. They are idiots on top of being fools, on top of being morons, on top of being nimrods, on top of being brain dead numbskulls. They are personally liable and responsible for his death. They are both criminally negligent. There need not be a law preventing the use of an uzi by an 8 or 10 year old. There is only a need for good judgment on the part of adults and strict punishment for those who fail to exercise it.
I am not perfect. I have done some foolish and stupid things in my adult life. I hope and pray I am never the same fool that these men were. If they have any conscience at all, they will suffer every day of the rest of their lives no matter the severity of their punishment. There is no equitable remedy for the boy's death that can be had on this earth. It is an epic tragedy. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/01/0 ... -boys.html