7-Year-Old Shot to Death in His Car Seat Never Had a Chance

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bulletsA 7-year-old boy was shot to death under mysterious circumstances in western Pennsylvania today. The little boy was in his family car, outside a gun store, strapped into his booster seat, when police say a gun somehow fired, hitting the child square in the chest. Cops won't say yet whether the shooting outside Twig's Reloading Den in Mercer was an accident or something done intentionally.

But one thing is clear: that little boy didn't have a chance. He was strapped into his car seat, his dad was backing out of a parking space, and all of a sudden, his life was over.

We're all going to be Monday morning quarterbacking the shooting death of this child, so I want to say right now that my heart goes out to the family of this little boy. Whatever our thoughts on gun control, I hope that every American can come to a point where they agree on that.

A child is gone. His family needs our support.

They also need us all to approach this tragedy with some common sense.

Raised in a rural area, I'm all too aware of why we have the right to bear arms in this country. I know more than my fair share of people who shoot the food that their family eats. The fact is, based on its website, Twig's gun store is a place that caters mostly to hunters. There's a good chance that this was a dad taking his little boy to pick up something so they could go out on an old-fashioned dad and son bonding trip into the woods on a Saturday.

But all that said, this is one more sad story that makes me want to scream from the highest rooftop that people need to be more careful with the guns they own. Anything can happen at anytime. I've seen it in my small town, where people have unwittingly shot friends, employees, children ... because they just weren't careful enough with a loaded weapon.

What we have to remember in this gun debate isn't whether or not we have the right to be armed necessarily but the rights of people like this little boy to be around gun owners without fear.

As they say, with power comes great responsibility. And there are few powers mightier or more dangerous than gun ownership. Your responsibility to be careful and safe with that weapon is quite literally a matter of life or death.

Whatever happened to that little boy today, it was NOT his fault. Whether he touched that gun of whether he was just sitting there, it was the responsibility of that gun's owner to keep that boy safe.

What is your stance on gun control? Do you think there's a place for gun ownership in this country?


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train... trainlady

Myself and my entire family are pro gun and eachof my children were given rifle safety course as they reached age 12. Now they are in their 40s and 50s. Several are gun collectors as other people are collectors of something else. I have a gun and the permit to carry it. I live very near an area where there is at least one shooting a day from the bad guys. Robbery, assualt every single day. If you walk into my house without permission i will pull a gun on you. If you advance as if to harm me I will shoot you and suffer the consequences afterward. Gun safety is super important. But gun control isn't going to work because the bad guy will get a gun one way or another. Hopefully this young boy's death was purely accidental and not the work of some idiot in a drive by shooting. We have a lot of that here and children asleep on the second story in their house have been killed. As for having an AK 47, its just an item that gun collectors like. What about archery collector's or knife collectors, etc.. There are collectors of all kinds of thing that are dangerous. I do however believe that ammunition should be tracked and all other items that form bombs or things like that. My prayers to the family of the little boy that died today.

Jenn8604 Jenn8604

No the thing isn't gun control, its gun SAFETY!!! That gun shouldn't have been loaded. And whoever was showing it should have known good and well it was NOT loaded, because it should NOT have been loaded in a store. You want to show how to load and unload and fire a gun take it out back to your firing range. Which should be required by all places that show you how to load and unload guns.

Anna Kratoville

If you read the article that is linked on your article it says the father shot his son. So it wasn't someone else. So the father was not backing out of a parking lot, or maybe he was but also handling his gun? The father should be responsible and if his son was in the back seat, you never ever point a gun at anyone .......this wasn't an accident no way. God bless that family, that little boy..l

worms... wormspoop

jalaz, you would be surprised. My town has gone to shit, young thug wannabes are running around here shooting at people left and right. Earlier this year we had a shooting at Chucky Cheese. No matter the laws criminals will always find a way to have guns, so in some areas it is better to be strapped at all times. But this however is about gun safety and I personally think that the gun seller should have double checked or warned the customer that the gun was loaded.

worms... wormspoop

All right, I just reread the link, ignore my last sentence. Dad was trying to sell the gun.

Angie... AngieHayes

Well father and son don't have to go kill things to bond, they could do something else.

Venae Venae

A man's handgun went off while he was holding it as he got into his truck in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania gun store Saturday and the shot killed his 7-year-old son, authorities said.

Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, was getting into the truck when the 9 mm handgun discharged, wounding the boy, Craig Allen Loughrey, in the chest, according to state police. 


He was not backing out of the space - for some reason he was carrying a loaded gun (that he was just trying to sell) w/his finger on the trigger and the safety off.  Brilliant. 

Vegeta Vegeta

So he climbed in the truck (im assuming the boy was in the passenger seat) pointing the gun at the kid with his finger on the trigger? And it 'accidentally went off'? I'm gonna call bs,hes either extremely stupid or he did it intentionally. I wear a gun every day and nether myself nor any of my coworkers in the past 24 years (my branch has been open) have ever had our guns accidentally discharge. And we have an array of different types of handgun.

the4m... the4mutts

Vegeta- if it were a larger truck, the boy could have been in a back seat. Dad takes gun off belt to climb in, plops gun down on the center fold down seat/armrest... boom.

Nobody should ever climb around in a vehicle with a loaded gun, with the safety off, in their hand.

We have guns. My children shoot guns. We do not prance around wth loaded guns, setting them on the coffee table or some shit.

Safety, not control.

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