The NRA Women’s Twitter account blasted out suggestions for making practice at the shooting range fun for kids on Wednesday, less than two days after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her shooting instructor at an outdoor range in Arizona.
The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, later died of his injuries. He suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head after the girl lost control of a 9mm Uzi that was put into “fully automatic” mode.
The tweet from the @NRAWomen handle was deleted without explanation a little over an hour after it was posted, according to the Huffington Post.
— Apollo Gonzales (@apollogonzales) August 27, 2014
The story the tweet linked to lists using animal-shaped targets and exploding targets as ways to keep kids engaged at the shooting range.
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