The owner of Bullets and Burgers is finally speaking about the tragic accident in which a girl, 9, lost control of her Uzi gun and shot her instructor in the head, killing him. Sam Scarmardo is defending his decision to allow children as young as 8 take lessons on his range. Awful.
Sam Scarmardo, the owner of Bullets and Burgers, the shooting range where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor, Charles Vacca, 39, during a lesson, is now defending the range’s policy to allowed children to take shooting lessons. Per their policy, children as young as 8 are allowed to shoot a variety of different automatic weapons under the supervision of an instructor. Will these rules have to change following the tragic incident that took a man’s life?
Burgers & Bullets Owner Defends Letting Children Shoot Automatic Weapons
Controversy continues to surround the heartbreaking tragedy that left a father and well-respected veteran dead at an Arizona shooting range.
Just one week after Charles was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi on Aug. 25, the owner of Bullets and Burgers is speaking out in defense of his policy to let children as young as 8 take lessons at his range.
“This was a very mature young lady and something she wanted to do and her parents were treating her,” the man told MSNBC in an interview. “You know this was a big, something that was high on her bucket list to do.”
Sam also states that his age requirement of 8 years old is not unusual, and that many ranges across America have similar rules. Unfortunately for him and the other shooting ranges, America is now appalled at the idea of a young child learning how to shoot an automatic weapon. So, does this mean that Sam will now have to change his policy?
“What we’re kind of kicking around right now is like at Disneyland, you know if you’re not “this tall,” you can’t shoot,” he explained. There is no word yet on whether or not these rules have been put into use just yet.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, the 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot Charles in the head was under the supervision of her parents. They watched her take shooting lesson from a few feet behind after signing a waiver, as per the range’s policy.
Girl, 9, Accidentally Shoots & Kills Instructor
The 9-year-old who lost control of her automatic weapon during a lesson has yet to be unidentified.
However, a video of the moments leading up to the incident has surfaced online which shows the girl wearing a pair of shorts and orange headphones taking a shooting lesson alongside Charles. In the video, Charles asks the girl to take one single shot — and she does. “Good,” Charles says, followed by, “Now, full auto.”
When Charles gives the little girl the OK to shoot once again, the strength of the automatic weapon immediately turns her hands to her left, accidentally killing her instructor. Thankfully, the video cuts out before that horrifying moment occurs.
Our thoughts remain with the family of Charles Vacca during this very difficult time.
— Lauren Cox