No doubt you forgot in the noise of the more than daily mass gun shootings in the US.
This is pretty much a second amendment right debate I am not going to have here, but that poor girl in Arizona must now live with this for the rest of her life. The instructor won his Darwin award, and fortunately the girl was physically unharmed but I can't imagine the deep psychological scars that girl must have gotten from this. And then the legal system swoop in because every accident is a good chance to punish someone and send them to jail, but fortunately, they too decided it was an accident.
What were her parents and the moronic instructor thinking? Presumably the parents thought the instructor knew what he was doing - still the girl has to be deeply traumatized by this and will likely need therapy to recover from the experience, possibly for years. It is a horrible accident that will likely scar the girl for life but she is lost and forgotten in this stupid second amendment debate.
Some people will demand laws, others will just go on about gun rights - but where is the commonsense? - the adults in this tragic story - the instructor and the parents - should have considered consequences beyond "a kid could possibly have a cool experience."
Accidentally killing someone has to be an extremely traumatic experience. But I am sure there are many who think the coolest experience is killing someone without having to be punished, in other words, going to jail for it.
But this is only one instance, and there are numerous instances like this. Parents leaving their guns around and little kids playing with them thinking they were water pistols or whatever. How many kids will need therapy and even if the kid was too young to remember (although you have to wonder about the subconscious scaring the kid may get) older siblings may remember and remind and blame their sibling for killing their parents or other kids...
But we are so numb to death and guns I think it's because it's so commonplace in movies and TV shows and our lives are so dull by comparison to those on the screen - many, I am sure, want a gun to live the fantasy. I know in "Bowling for Columbine", Michael Moore pointed out other countries have guns but don't kill so many of it's citizens but guns and shooting is part of the US National identity. That's what we do here in the US, and people in other countries point and laugh.
We are numb and we don't care, it's not immediate enough for us until someone we know or love is involved with a mass shooting, because we like to live in our own fantasy that things like this just don't happen around here. In an ironic twist Jeb Bush responded to yesterday's (yes we have had more mass shootings than days in this year) massacre that 'stuff happens'. Not precisely the response his brother made after 9/11 which turned the world upside down.
But kids are the pawns in this meaningless debate. Many parents are careless and stupid with their guns and it only takes one careless, irresponsible parent to destroy a child's life.
In a society that idealizes childhood, those that more cherish the innocence of children completely ignore the impact of their actions upon those beloved children all because of the fantasy worlds they live in in their head.