I should have figured this kind of thing would be something Bryan Miller would jump in to. No tragedy too horrible that Bryan Miller won’t exploit to smear gun owners as a whole. I don’t think it’s possible to have a reasonable discussion on guns with Bryan Miller. He’s shown himself to be hysterical, and not interested in rational discussion. Certainly not with those who understand what machine guns are, and what their inherent dangers are and aren’t. He’d probably be shocked to find out that I agree that someone was dangerously irresponsible in creating the conditions that lead to this accident. But he can’t have that discussion without bringing the rest of his vile baggage to the table.
UPDATE: I couldn’t resist a comment:
[…] Machine guns are not more inherently dangerous than any other firearm. With proper supervision and a bit of training on use, they are safe to shoot. The reason this accident happened, is because someone supervising had a tragic lapse in judgment. It would be like if pop had handed over the wheel to his high-powered speed boat, and the kid ran it into the pier. Would we condemn speed boating? No. Speed boaters? No. Would we argue that pop has some issues with judgment? Absolutely.
There are about 12 million registered recreational boats in the United States, which caused about 34 accidental deaths of children under the age of 13 in 2005. There are 200 million guns in the United States, which cause 65 accidental deaths per year of children under 13. Given there is more than an order of magnitude more firearms, this is a remarkable safety record. For comparison, the number of cycling deaths in that age group is 94. Source here.