On Monday, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with a submachine gun called an Uzi. The girl accidentally pointed the weapon up towards her instructor when the enormous weapon’s recoil was too powerful for her to control.
A horrible tragedy, right? Not only is a man needlessly dead, but a little girl is permanently scarred. The lesson to be learned is clearly not to give automatic weapons to children. But did we even need to learn that in the first place?
Apparently, yes. The National Rifle Association responded to the event just two days later by tweeting a list of ways that children can “have fun at the shooting range.” The Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie caught it first, and managed to capture a screenshot of the tweet before it was deleted an hour later.