MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was incredulous Wednesday over the accidental killing of a firearms instructor by a nine-year-old girl he was teaching, calling it “sick” and angrily claiming that the Second Amendment doesn’t give “nine-year-old children the right to fire semi-automatic weapons.”
The “Morning Joe” panel expressed shock and outrage over the death of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting instructor shot in the head and killed on Monday after the girl lost control of an Uzi submachine gun on fully automatic.
“Why, why, why?” Scarborough asked. “A man is dead and a little girl’s life is ruined. Why are you putting an Uzi in the hands of a nine-year-old girl? It is sick! It is sick!”
“They should be shut down,” a sober Mika Brzezinski agreed.
“What is wrong with these people!?” Scarborough shouted. “Who would put an Uzi in the hands of a nine-year-old girl!? What is wrong with these people!?”
“What is wrong with this culture!?” he continued. “Why would they do that? What right is advanced by doing that? A man is dead and they’ve ruined a little girl’s life.”
“I find it hard to believe that our Founding Fathers put together a Second Amendment to give eight-year-old children the right to fire semiautomatic weapons,” Scarborough said bitterly, referencing the shooting range’s rules allowing kids as young as eight to handle firearms.
“And IF you think that’s what the Constitution of the United States says,” he went on, “you should really go back and read the Second Amendment, and then read cases, and then read what Scalia wrote in 200 about what the Second Amendment is and what the Second Amendment is not, and what the Second Amendment protects and what the Second Amendment DOES NOT PROTECT!”
“And there is no reading of what Scalia said in 2008 and 2009 that suggests this has anything to do with the Constitution,” he concluded.