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A Tough Shot

The lamestream media told you:

The Associated Press reports, "An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun fair. The boy lost control of the weapon while firing it Sunday at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman's Club, Police Lt. Lawrence Valliere said.

"The boy was with a certified instructor and 'was shooting the weapon down range when the force of the weapon made it travel up and back toward his head, where he suffered the injury,' a police statement said. Police called it a 'self-inflicted accidental shooting.'"

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The horrific tragedy of an accidental death to a child is beyond imagining. The news media loves such local stories, because they can play them up nationwide, while avoiding real news that poses real threats to people at every corner of every state in the land. It also helps vilify gun ownership, a major "news" goal, making a single tragedy news for days on end, thousands of miles away, while ignoring the threats to your life that kill hundreds of people daily right near you.

Also beyond imagining is how an eight-year-old could simultaneously squeeze and hold the hard backstrap grip safety of an Uzi and the trigger, both necessary to make the gun discharge, while pointing it at his head.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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