gunOver the weekend, it was reported that a 7-year-old boy was shot while sitting in his car seat in his father's truck in East Lackawannock, Pennsylvania. The boy, Craig Loughrey, was shot square in the chest and, tragically, died shortly after. When the crime was initially reported, details of the horrific incident were scant, but now information regarding Loghrey's death has been made public -- and it truly is a worse-case scenario. The 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his father.

Craig had taken a trip with his dad Joseph to Twig's Reloading Den, a gun store, in an attempt to sell a rifle and the 9mm handgun that killed him. Joseph was unsuccessful in the selling of his (apparently loaded) gun, and the 9mm accidentally discharged in the parking lot, killing his son. Paramedics tried to revive the boy, but unfortunately, to no avail. Craig's mother, who's divorced from his father, learned of the news while she was out Christmas shopping. She reportedly wasn't comfortable with her son, who was on the autism spectrum, being near guns, out of fear he'd confuse them with something only superheroes used.

As a mother, I truly can't think of a thing on this planet more horrific than a scenario like this -- a parent accidentally killing or severely hurting their child. But sadly, we hear stories like this on a fairly regular basis. Whether the accident stems from a gun being fired; a woman falling down the stairs while holding a baby; hot soup being spilled on an infant; or a mom standing nearby at the beach while a sandcastle collapses on her son -- and kills him. It's awful, terrible, and I honestly don't know how anyone would ever be able to get over something like this. Thing is, though -- accidents do happen. A lot when you're a parent, actually. But fortunately, most of us (knock wood) are lucky.

I definitely don't think that loaded guns should be around children, but my heart breaks for Craig's father. Obviously, this isn't something he meant for. And bearing a cross like this seems like the absolute worse possible thing in the world.

What do you think of this? Do you know of anyone who's had an accident with their child? Have you had one yourself?


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