On a gun range in Arizona, a 9-year-old girl lost control of an Uzi sub-machine gun and accidentally killed her shooting range instructor. Even worse, this isn't the first time that this kind of accident has happened. In 2008, an 8-year-old accidentally shot and killed himself while shooting an Uzi at a Massachusetts gun exposition. The aftermath of this tragedy has America stunned and asking how this could have happened.
In the United States, there are many minimum age requirement laws that protect children and others from potentially hazardous activities. Americans can't drive until age 16, buy tobacco until 18 or drink alcohol until the age of 21. But still, children's gun access laws are so lax that they allow a 9-year-old child to handle a machine gun. In many states, like Arizona, there are no laws restricting the access of guns to minors, as long as there is adult supervision.
Since there's currently no federal minimum age, it's up to the state to regulate children's gun access. But only 21 states have any firearm safety laws in place designed to protect children.
The recent accidental fatal shooting in Arizona is just one of many tragic examples of why children's gun access laws in the U.S. are too lenient. Call on your state elected officials to pass much-needed restrictions on children's access to guns. Nine years old is too young to be firing a gun, let alone a military assault weapon!
Dear [Decision maker],
I am calling on my state elected official to make a change when it comes to children's access to guns. I am extremely shocked and confused to learn that a child as young as 8 has harmed themself while shooting a military grade weapon. Even worse, there are only 21 states that have any child protection gun laws at all! We need to start a movement of state legislators who will stand up to protect children by limiting their access to guns, especially military assault weapons like automatic machine guns.
We need to impose a state-wide age limit on who can purchase, possess and use firearms. Please do everything in your capacity to make this a reality so that no more children face a similar tragic situation to that of the 9-year-old girl in Arizona. That's too young to handle a sub-machine gun!
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