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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Vegeta Vegeta

I'm not preaching control, just clarification. as it stands I don't believe it was an accident. Guns don't just go off when placed on a seat/center consol, (unless the trigger poundage was altered or it got caught on something and pulled exactly right etc) it's hard to pull triggers.

Anoth... AnotherKim

This is so awful. Something the father will have to live with for the rest of his life. I can't begin to imagine his pain. Prayers going out for the family.

the4m... the4mutts

Vegeta-not always true. That depends on the year of the gun, if it were maybe broken... all we know about it, is that its a 9mm. That he was trying to sell. Not the age, condition, or cleanliness of the wheapon.

Jim Hanson

As gunnies usually say, the antigun crowd never lets a crisis go to waste.

And those of you posting to avoid wasting any time in pushing for gun control should be ashamed of yourself: you are dancing in the blood of a seven year old, with mindless speculation and patronizing BS.

nonmember avatar So Sad

God forbid we take away Americans rights to kill their children with guns. It's in their constitution! I come from a country which doesn't have a right to bear arms, and strangely, these 'tragic accidents' don't happen. Ever. You can argue til your blue in the face that guns don't cause accidents, people do , but if there wasn't a gun, there wouldn't be an accident and I'm sure the father in this awful situation thinks differently about gun control now. When will Americans learn, and how sad that this little boy had to pay the price for a nation's selfish stupidity. I'm beyond disgusted.

momav... momavanessa

I agree with Pinkmani!

IHear... IHeartCake

Absolutely heartbreaking!  Hunting an animal with a gun is heartbreaking, too.  A real hunter uses bow-and-arrow.  I'm against gun ownership for many reasons.  People greatly misinterpret the 2nd Amendment. 

Austin Keenan

Gun ownership is way up but gun deaths are down which proves that guns don't kill,  people do.     Criminals and reckless irresponsible people.    Don't point the damn things at anybody ever,   even if you "think" it's not loaded.    If he's putting it in the glove box,   how does it get pointed at the kid in the seat unless it's being recklessly pointed around in the process?

I think people who have lots of guns and just like to play with them and trade them etc.  get too comfortable  and forget how dangerous just handling them can be.     

You have to be 100% careful 100% of the time to qualify as responsible.    You only have to be reckless once to kill.

DKs-Kat DKs-Kat

This boils down to safety.

THIS is why it is so important to follow the check thrice rule! CHECK, RECHECK and then CHECK again to make sure that it's unloaded. This could have been prevented!

As a gun owner and mother I blame this solely on the dad. It was his responsibility to makse sure that the gun was in a safe condition.

For those that have said no one needs a gun, get this through your heads. Everyday people are violently robbed, women raped and murdered, houses broken into. We have a RIGHT to defend ourselves in such situations. It's like having car insurance. You hope to god you never need it, but you have it just in case you do need it.

I carry every where it is legal to do so, not only for my protection but for the protection of my daughter and my fellow citizens.

Owing a gun comes with a lot of responsibility. It's important to get educated and STAY educated on saftey and laws. Please people use common sense! More guns laws will not prevent things like this from happening. Only being educated will.

I feel for this family. A child is dead because his father was careless. It's a shame.

DKs-Kat DKs-Kat

@ Vegeta,

The pull on a 9mm is VERY light. It doesn't take much to fire them.

He broke several rules:
1) Check 3 times to make sure the chamber is empty.
2) NEVER put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire.
3) NEVER point your weapon at something you don't want to destroy.

Those are the three MOST important rules of gun safety! He failed all 3.

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