Scary Stuff!

While recently visiting Manhattan I stumbled across a military exposition at Battery Park, in which the soldiers were showing off their tanks and guns and armored personnel carriers, and tilting-rotor Osprey aircraft flew back and forth across the Hudson River (that was really an impressive sight):

It was quite enjoyable to see the high tech military gear close up.

But for me, fun turned to terror when I came across this scene:

I was raised with guns and shooting, and I was taught how to handle them safely – and I got very ill when I saw a small child – in a large public setting filled with people – with his finger on the trigger of a real Colt M4 carbine.  I assume / hope / pray the soldiers somehow took “special precautions” with their guns, but you have to draw the line somewhere.