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Letters: Shooting range change needed

A women fires a handgun at the

A women fires a handgun at the "Get Some Guns & Ammo" shooting range in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Jan. 15, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Newsday's editorial "Blame stupidity for Uzi death" [Aug. 29] said the tragedy "isn't about gun rights or restrictions."

You opine that the adults -- the 9-year-old girl's parents and the instructor -- acted irresponsibly. So, these adults should not have let a 9-year-old fire an Uzi, but a law prohibiting a 9-year-old from firing an Uzi would also be welcome.

It's frightening to think that I cannot depend on the law to protect my life from the behavior of those around me. I have to simply hope that the stupidity of parents won't put me in harm's way.

Frank V. Pesce, Westbury

I was greatly disheartened to read about the tragic accident at the Last Stop range. Expecting a young girl to withstand the jolt of the recoil, which resulted in the death of the instructor, is mind-boggling.

It reminded me of an unforgettable experience. When I was a 21-year-old soldier on a rifle range, an M-14 with a grenade launcher slid off my shoulder while firing, and the butt of the rifle struck me in the right eye. Fortunately, after I was rushed to the hospital, the skilled eye surgeon saved my sight.

The rifle instructor at the Last Stop, Charles Vacca, was not as fortunate. We need tighter regulations. The minimum age for firing should be raised to 21, and inspectors should periodically check to determine whether the regulations are followed.

Howard Chustek, Fresh Meadows