saw Michael Muskal's LA
Times headline accusing that nine-year old girl of killing the
idiot arms instructor at "Bullets and Burgers" in White Hills, Arizona
on Aug25.14, I could not believe what I was seeing. "Boy, did that
guy's editor fuck up on that one." says I to myself.
Wrong, Denis . . . Muskal is the editor and the
writer and the headline says exactly what the article says:
We need to get this straight because this child
is going to have enough emotional problems as a result of this cluster fuck that
was totally caused by the brain-ded adults around her that day -- including the
dead guy, Charles Vacca, the girl's parents, and the owner of "Bullets and
Burgers," Sam Scarmardo. The child did not kill Vacca -- Vacca,
abetted by the other adults involved, killed Vacca.
Scarmado procured the Uzi and ammo the girl was
handed. Her parents gave their permission for her to handle and fire the
weapon. Vacca put the Uzi in the girl's hands. Vacca instructed her
how to fire it. Vacca made the decision to stand on her left side -- the
direction in which he should have known the recoil would force the weapon.
Vacca was the one who did not have sufficient brains to realize the obvious:
that a 9-yo girl does not have the experience to anticipate what will happen
when an automatic weapon is fired on full automatic, and probably does not have
sufficient reflexes or strength to control the weapon the first time she lets it
Yeah, I know, the LAT like all newspapers needs
to hype their stories all they can, and what better way than "instructor
killed by 9-year-old?" But not even the UK Daily Mail stooped this
low. To call this child a "killer" in a national publication is
an inexcusable and outrageous falsehood, and were she my child this Muskal creep
would be looking down the barrel of a lawsuit. But then again, if she were
my child she wouldn't have been anywhere near the sorts of places you'd be
likely to find Vacca or Scarmado, least of all a wild-cat firing
The only good thing about this story is that it
wasn't the girl who caught the round in the head, but Muskal seems to be doing
what he can to make a horrible story worse.