McKenzie, the 11-year-old who can field strip and reassemble a rifle in 53 secs

This video may prove shocking if you're not accustomed to seeing children handling guns. On the American blogosphere however, 11-year-old McKenzie has attracted great admiration.

The video of an eleven-year-old girl assembling a rifle in record time is causing a stir on the web. Largely admired in the US, the video has attracted such comments as "beware terrorists", "don't break her heart or she'll murder your whole family" and "this girl is awesome". However, in places where learning to use a gun at a tender age is not exactly commonplace the video has raised concern over children's access to guns - particularly since it involves a country infamous for its school shootings. Despite 1989 Child Access Prevention laws in place in many states, nearly 12 times more under-14-year-olds die from firearms incidents in the US compared with 25 other developed countries combined [according to the anti-gun violence Brady Campaign]. Nonetheless, owning a gun is a fundamental right in the US, and protected by the Second Amendment. Our Observers explain why.

 

Eleven-year-old McKenzie's record. Posted 12 January 08 by "gixxerguy811".

"Would your child do the same?"

Blogger Robb Allen, from Tampa Florida, is currently in the process of teaching his daughters, 3 and 6, about guns.

I got it in my head that I should paint [a rifle] in some sort of girlie colours and give it to my daughters. The Hello Kitty thing has been done to death, so I'm thinking Care Bears or My Little Pony. Of course, I have a plethora of themes to choose from off [the website] Noggin. Wow Wow Wubbzy could be kind of cool.

Anyway, I was working on pulling it apart when I heard my oldest daughter yell "Daddy! I found a gun!!! I'm leaving the room!" (...) Luckily for me, it was just the gun case for the .22, but she knew enough not to get near it. (...) Though only 5, my daughter knew not to touch what she thought was a gun. The very first thing she did was tell an adult. The next thing she did was leave the room. Would your child do the same?"

"A mentality of fear and distrust, not understanding"

Ladd Everitt works for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Do we feel that 11 year-olds in this country need to be doing Tactical Response training with handguns? No. Do we feel that 11 year-olds need to know how to field strip AR-15 rifles? No. Do we feel that there are potential safety risks to having children around firearms with this type of frequency? Absolutely. Particularly when you might be building a false confidence in them that they can safely handle firearms in all situations even when an adult is not present.

I think what you are seeing here is a product of a paranoid gun culture that has begun teaching even children that they must be armed and ready at all times to defend against not only their fellow citizens, but their democratic government as well. That breeds a mentality of fear and distrust, not understanding."

"Guns were not made mysterious or glamorous [to me]"

Kent McManigal is a blogger who "loves guns, swords and knives, hiking, and primitive wilderness survival". He runs the blog Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog.

The first time I shot I was around 6 years old. My family always had guns in the house, not handguns, (...) only rifles and shotguns. I knew where they were and I knew where the ammunition was kept. (...) Guns were not made mysterious or glamorous, but were just a tool. It is my belief that the current push to "keep guns out of the hands of kids" is actually making kids more curious about guns, and less able to handle them safely.

I [take my children] out shooting with me. We go out into the back-country with several guns and "targets" (usually aluminium cans). My oldest daughter would hold and shoot a .22 revolver (with a LOT of help from me) when she was about three or four years old. Using .22 shot shells she could hit the can (just a few feet in front of her) and make it bounce. You could see the satisfaction in her eyes."

McKenzie at the shooting range

Posted 1 April 08 by "gixxerguy811".

Comments

Way to go, have all you

Way to go, have all you anti-gun people forgotten the primary lesson?

"GUN ARE NOT DANGEROUS, PEOPLE ARE DANGEROUS"

Any weapon left alone is safe, any weapon in trained hands is safe, any weapon in untrained hands means the person is then DANGEROUS not the weapon.

Stop blaming deaths on guns, guns dont shoot people on their own!

Where did all the Rights go?

Nope. Those you mentioned do not "love" me, because they know the only true barrier against a foreign invasion and occupation is a universally armed and prepared population (something that all governments, including the US government, fear and try to prevent). The "9-11" attacks could not have happened if air travellers were not illegally and immorally disarmed. Who do you really think the terrorists love? Those who help them carry out attacks by handing them planeloads of disarmed victims, or those who would never deny arms to ANY person under ANY circumstances? This is government protection of our rights? The truth is, the rights are still there, they are just violated by a criminal government.

RANGERS LEAD THE WAY

"Nope. Those you mentioned do not "love" me, because they know the only true barrier against a foreign invasion and occupation is a universally armed and prepared population" you knnow NOTHING of warfare if you think 300 million little goobers running around with machineguns will prevent tactical air support or a good old fashioned carpet bombing,face it dude,your policy is about as usefull as a screen door on a submarine lol

The "9-11" attacks could not have happened if air travellers were not illegally and immorally disarmed. yes they would have,were guns to be openly sold the way they were in the past,the terrrorists would have had them too,if you want to complain about terrorism,complain that they were allowed in to begin with

(something that all governments, including the US government, fear and try to prevent) explain Switzerland and Malta .....lol among other govt's

Who do you really think the terrorists love? You,I've already said this

"Those who help them carry out attacks by handing them planeloads of disarmed victims" sorry,the terrorists had NO firearms,the weapons available to the terrorists and the ones avvailable to the passengers were on parity with each other,(forget for a moment the passengers GREATLY outnumbered the terrorists in EVERY case)

"Who do you really think the terrorists love? Those who help them carry out attacks by handing them planeloads of disarmed victims, or those who would never deny arms to ANY person under ANY circumstances?" LOL again,just plain laughable,youve just admited to the whole world you yourself would give the terrorist weapons(among other groups who seek to do us harm I might add)

Yaknow,you have the right to remain silent,you should probly exorcize that right,........right about now lol

NEXT !

You Are in Denial

There is no way to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists without also keeping guns out of the hands of honest people. The path to freedom means making certain that the good people, the ones who do not wish to harm others, can obtain weapons without a problem. The bad guys, such as terrorists of different stripes, will get the weapons regardless of "the law".

You misread- I never said the 9-11 terrorists had firearms; I said that the passengers were forbidden to have firearms. Bad people can do a lot of damage with make-shift weapons. Good people, who do not wish to harm people, are at a disadvantage against a morally bankrupt bad guy. Guns can even the score even if the bad guy is also armed. It is easier for a good person to shoot a bad guy than for a good person to slit the throat of an attacker.

The US is a country that

The US is a country that lives under the culture of fear, that makes little girl training with guns and an administration lies to its people and the world to invade a country...and No ones revolt !!!

Please wake up !! Shut down Fox News!

Fantastic...

First an antigun tirade, then a anti US tirade concluding by our courageous "unregistered user" a battlecry to shut down the freedom of speach because he/she does not agree with Fox News...

That's why there is a 2nd Amendament in USA: to protect the 1st one.

Differently from MANY European so called democratic countries...

I would add anger, with a

I would add anger, with a measure of hate, with a television outlook on life, that being the good guys always win and we are always the good guys.

Fear?

I am not the one wringing my hands in anguish because some people are prepared to defend themselves. To see fear, look in the mirror.

Guys you are fucking scary

Guys you are fucking scary !!
hope once the us will wake up and face what's going wrong into their values!!
Why don't we need guns here in Europe?
wake up !!

Europe absolutly needs private gun ownership

Perhaps anyone who thinks Europe doesn’t need or want guns should talk to the residents of Gradacac in Bosnia (which is in Europe by the way). Five years ago I was a peace keeper in Gradacac. Gradacac is the only town that managed to hold off Serbian forces and did so for three years. It wasn’t a trained professional army that did this; it was the ordinary citizens of Gradacac with their privately owned weapons. Today it is illegal in Bosnia to have an AK 47 in your home, however, the Bosniacs remember the GENOCIDE of 12 years ago (and yes its only been 12 years) and the citizens of Gradacac steadfastly refuse to turn those weapons into the Government.

Europeans believe in symbolism over substance. They adhere to pie-in-the-sky ideals in the face of history and reality. It’s from this steadfast refusal to learn from the past that it’s an almost certainty that war and genocide will occur again in Europe’s not to distant future.

In the 20th century alone, Europeans have slaughtered over 50,000,000 other Europeans; raped, tortured and displaced millions more. Sure the U.S. has crime. There are always downsides to any freedom; with free speech you get hate speech; interrogating criminals and punishing them would be much easier if we didn’t have civil right. This all being said, it’s been over 140 years since theirs been a war IN the U.S., we don’t put our people in death camps and traditional ethnic enemies live peacefully in the same neighborhoods. Perhaps we’re doing something right.

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