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Local reaction to child fatally shooting a gun range instructor

Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 01:12 AM CDT
BEAUMONT - by Kara Dixon

Stephen "Doc" Watson teaches gun safety to people of all ages.

"There's quite a few of the adults that have families and they want their whole families, regardless of their age, to be safe in the presence of a fire arm," said Watson.

On Tuesday, a 9-year-old girl shot and killed an instructor at an Arizona gun range with an uzi.

The shooting has sparked controversy on how young is too young for kids to use guns.

"This firearm in particular was a fully automatic machine gun," said Watson. "Not only was it a fully automatic machine gun, it was a very compact and light machine gun, which even an adult would find hard to control and shoot."

Watson said the instructor's position beside the child and the child's size also played a part in the fatal shooting.

"You do not put a real firearm in the hands of an inexperienced shooter and expect them to be safe in minuets," he said.
Local reaction to child fatally shooting a gun range instructor


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