While much of the focus of the tragic death of a Arizona shooting instructor has focused on the wisdom of allowing nine year olds to fire Uzis, Uzis have saved lives in Israel and in the U.S.
Uzis are difficult to fire for anyone, let alone a nine-year-olds, but you won’t hear that from the anti-gun media.
But don’t take our word for it. Take actress Salma Hayek’s, who reportedly had difficulty firing the Israeli-made gun during a shooting for her movie, according to a 2013 story in USA Today on Hayek’s new film, Everly.
The film was shot in Belgrade, Serbia, to keep the budget down, and Hayek received training from Serbian special forces to use more than 20 types of weapons, including an Uzi.
“She took one shot, and the Uzi recoil threw her,” [the filmmaker] Lynch recalls. “She didn’t expect that. She was like, ‘I’m done.’ It was hilarious.” [Emphasis]
Part of the problem is that Americans have very little familiarity with the Israeli-made gun. The name itself is something of a pejorative for the kind of “unreasonable” guns that no one should be allowed to own. We’re “supposed” to hate Uzis.
The word 'Uzi' is kind of the perfect storm for progressive meltdowns.
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) August 28, 2014
It's illegal to eat a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg in America, on health grounds. It's fine for 9yr olds to use Uzi submachine guns.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 27, 2014
The anti-gun activists say no one “needs” an Uzi.
“You don’t need an AK-47 to kill game, and you don’t need an Uzi to defend yourself,” Barbara Streisand said after making a movie on the famous “Long Island Incident.”
But what about all of the people who have used Uzis in self-defense?
Why does 9-year-old need an Uzi?: Mel Robbins says to prevent senseless tragedies like the one at an Arizona s… http://t.co/yFAs6p9Frp
— CNN News (RSS feed) (@cnnbreak) August 28, 2014
Indeed, even though uzis are illegal except under very narrow circumstances throughout pretty much all of the U.S., it’s been used for self defense here, too. In 1998, a teen used a Georgia Uzi he illegally bought in self-defense. (Milo Ippolito, “Uzi case jurors divided after mistrial declared,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 21, 2001)
A jury never got to decide Friday whether a Norcross teen fired in self-defense when he killed a man with an Uzi.
But jurors offered mixed opinions on the 1998 shooting after Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Dawson Jackson declared a mistrial because of an error made by the prosecution.
Jurors were divided over whether Luis Gonzales, now 19, had any justification for shooting Antonio Paz Martinez, 23. Martinez had been threatening the teen with a shotgun at the Kingswood North apartments off Buford Highway.
Prosecutors had sought to convict Gonzales of murder. But the spectrum of views among jurors ranged from pure self-defense to manslaughter to outright murder.
“I felt it was self-defense, and I was going to stick with it,” said juror Carey Roloff, 40, of Dacula. “He had been provoked three or four times with a gun pointed at him.”
Martinez had gotten into a confrontation with Gonzales and his teenage friends at a carwash earlier that day, pointed a shotgun at them and followed them back to their apartment complex in his car, according to court testimony.
Martinez even pointed his gun at a neighbor in the complex because he thought the man was the father of one of the teens, witnesses testified.
When Martinez showed up for the third time at the apartments, Gonzales was waiting for him at the complex entrance, armed with an Uzi that he bought on the street for $10.
In Israel, Uzis are routinely used to safeguard those in harm’s way, especially when outnumbered by attackers.
Two yeshiva students were on their way to pray in East Jerusalem and “were attacked by Palestinians with acid or gas,and one fired his Uzi submachine-gun in self-defence,” according to The Ottawa Citizen on April 9, 1997.
Uzis are the gun of choice of settlers in Judea and Samaria and have unquestionably saved Israeli lives. “Jewish settlers in the occupied territories carry Uzi submachine guns that are issued to them by the army for self-defense” reported the New York Times in 1994.
Uzis have also help protect those Palestinians who are committed to peace in Israel from other Palestinians that would kill them.
In 1988, a Palestinian working alongside the Israelis shot and killed an anti-Israel Palestinian with an Uzi. “Palestinians who cooperate with Israel are assigned such weapons for self-defense,” The New York Times reported on October 5, 1988.
The need was very real. Again, according to The Times, “In leaflets circulated… leaders of the uprising ordered Palestinians to attack and kill all suspected collaborators. Seven Arabs accused of cooperating with Israel have been killed since the uprising began in December.”
Perhaps if more Americans had familiarity with Uzis this tragic death could have been prevented.
And yes, children and adults should be careful around all weapons but let’s not forget that children do use guns to save their families all the time.
The gun truly is The Great Equalizer! 911 CALL – "Amazing" 12 Year Old Girl Shoots Intruder with a Glock http://t.co/SDRAT5UVno
— Manatarms (@manatarms79) August 25, 2014
11-year-old girl kills mountain lion stalking brother… http://t.co/wNzhedZAXg
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) February 27, 2014
11-Year-Old Boy Shoots Mother’s Drunken Attacker in the Face With a BB Gun:
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— Official Deplorable (@HouseCracka) November 24, 2011
Police: 10-year-old shoots mom's attacker in face with BB rifle at Bellingham duplex http://t.co/co9EZTny
— Bellingham Herald (@BhamHerald) November 22, 2011
And, in 2009, a ten-year-old boy shot a home intruder in the face.