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9-18-21: What's Wrong With This Picture?

Written By: Brenda (B.K.) Walker

What do 9, 18, and 21 have in common? Not a lot, except for the, "what's wrong with this picture" moment some of you may be having after reading about a 9-year old who accidently killed her shooting range instructor.

On August 25, 2014, a 9-year old little girl accidently shot and killed Charles Vacca, an instructor at an Arizona shooting range. She was firing an Uzi, not a BB-gun. Well, guess times, they are a-changin', indeed.

Obviously, this terrible tragedy will have long-lasting effects on the lives of so many people, primarily, Mr. Vacca's family, the little girl's family, and most importantly, the little girl. But what else does it say about our society?

Here's where the 9-18-21 comes into play. At 9 years old, it's apparently legal to hold and fire an Uzi at a firing range. An 18 year old can join the military service, as well as other civil service organizations, without a parent's permission, where he or she will likely hold and shoot many different types of weapons, but also be shot at by someone trying to kill them. Finally, at 21 years old, a person is of legal age to purchase beer. What's wrong with this picture?

This isn't a political debate about gun rights or gun legislation, and it certainly isn't a debate about constitutional rights. This is a debate about good ole' fashioned common sense…something that seems to be lacking in American society, as well as legislation.

Does it really make sense for a young, 18-20 year old to be responsible enough to "protect and serve," but not to buy beer? Of course, they are also old enough to sell beer, face prosecution if they sell beer to a minor, be tried as an adult, oh, and pay taxes…but not old enough to drink a beer with a friend.

Has America become so entrenched in the concept of "protecting our constitutional rights," that we've forgotten to balance it with equal parts "common sense?"

  • We can argue the merits of handing a 9-year old a gun, let-alone an Uzi, all day long…the bottom line isn't about constitutional rights, but about common sense
  • We can argue the dangers of alcohol 'till the cows come home…the bottom line isn't about being too young to drink, but about being responsible enough to protect a life and possibly lose their own, but not responsible enough to control their alcohol intake
  • We can argue the points of civil law and civil liberties 'till politicians vote on what's best for the people in general rather than themselves and their wallets….but we know that's a long way off…why? Because that's just common sense.
A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot an instructor to death with a sub-machine gun. As John Blackstone explains, the instructor may not have been following proper procedures.


Other Articles of Interest:

Gun Battle over the Truth

Behind Closed Doors: PTSD and Fireworks

Newsflash Public Education Has Always Been a Form of Control

Why Can't We Be Friends? America at War

Zero Tolerance vs Zero Common Sense: Nobody's Winning


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