Gone With the Wind: Waiver “Blew Away And Can’t Be Recovered” In AZ 9-Year-Old Uzi Tragedy

Published On September 3, 2014 | By Marc Belisle |

This gem was buried at the bottom of a New York Times article on the accidental shooting death of an Arizona gun range instructor by a vacationing 9-year-old who lost control of an Uzi:

“The police said that it had asked the shooting range staff for copies of the release waivers the family had signed, but that staff members said the papers had been blown away by the wind and could not be recovered.”

This very fishy explanation is obviously not going to hold up in court.  Police say that no charges will be filed, but it seems very likely that the family will sue for damages related to the girl’s psychological trauma.  The article explains that the father asked deputies not to speak with his daughter, because his children “are going through a lot.”  Furthermore, the family’s lawyer explained that they were;

“devastated by this accident that turned what was supposed to be a unique and brief excursion from their summer vacation into a life-changing tragedy.”

While the shooting range’s baffling negligence in allowing a 9-year-old to handle an Uzi is compounded by this meteorological confiscation of legal documents, the family is, in a way, quite lucky.  Their daughter said the Uzi was “too much for her” and she lost control, spraying rounds wildly, for a moment, ultimately killing the instructor.  A similar incident in Massachusetts in 2008, ended with an 8-year-old boy losing control of an Uzi at a gun range, shooting – and killing – himself.

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Marc Belisle

Senior Writer at Reverb Press.
Marc Belisle is a writer, activist and teacher. He is a regular contributor to The Everlasting GOP Stoppers. He has an Master's degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies.

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