Having already been to Disneyland and Europe, the Griswolds decided to try a real Wild West vacation.
What better way than to learn how go use guns, Django style. Plus they could gamble in nearby Las Vegas and swim in Lake Mead.
But Clark had decided first things first. So he and Ellen, and their two children, Rusty and Audrey, stopped at an Arizona-Nevada amusement park/diner.
It included a shop called “Blow the Jihadi's Arab Head Off.”
Any child over eight years ago could learn how to use an Israeli UZI, including in automatic mode.
Rusty tried it out first with no problems filing single shot or automatic rounds.
The instructor paid special attention to the smaller Audrey. He had her file some single shots, and all went well.
He was holding her all the time.
But it wasn’t clear whether he was grasping her after he put the gun on automatic.
She pulled the trigger, the gun recoiled, fired up into the air randomly, and killed the instructor.
The Griswolds, having had previous experience with death on a vacation, strapped the dead man on the roof of their station wagon and rushed to a hospital.
Unfortunately he died in Las Vegas.
The gun range had argued it was perfectly safe.
This turns out to the second time an Uzi claimed a life at a U.S. gun range. The first case was in 2008 in Massassachusetts.
The gun range advertises: “Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons,” the website states. “At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns.
“Let ‘em Rip!”
An autopsy will be performed on the body of Charles Vacca, of Lake Havasu City.
Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, told Associated Press most instructors have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons. "You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said.
Nevada law enforcement officials said no charges were planned.
The family made a video of some of the incident.