As his father raised his camera on Sunday, an 8-year-old boy aimed an Uzi at a pumpkin set up at a Massachusetts shooting event. Before his father could focus, the third-grader from Connecticut squeezed the trigger, and the high-powered weapon recoiled and fatally shot the boy in the head, the Boston Globe reports. The death of Christopher Bizilj raised questions about how someone so young could be allowed to shoot an automatic weapon, which can fire hundreds of rounds in a minute.
The Hampden District Attorney’s Office and officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating. State Representative Michael Costello, who co-chairs the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, will draft a bill that would ban anyone younger than age 21 from firing an automatic weapon. “This isn’t a knee-jerk reaction; it’s a common sense reaction,” he said. “We should take swift action to provide some reasonable restrictions on this type of unreasonable practice. It’s almost indescribable that within a year of leaving a booster seat, an 8-year-old can be holding a submachine gun.”