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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Pinkmani Pinkmani

Oh, jeez! Poor kid barely even started school. His dad must feel awful to see his son get killed in his presence. 

I do think people should have the right to bear arms as long as they are mentally capable of making good judgement and decisions. However, I do not think there is a need for assualt weapons. No one can convince me that they need an AK-47...

jalaz77 jalaz77

Oh no, how sad. We don't and never will own a gun. If you are not a hunter, cop, military person why do you need a gun? Recently I saw a pic of a lady with a gun on her gun belt, it was a state where it is legal to bare arms in public. Why on earth do you need a loaded gun in a grocery store??? People are trigger happy and don't need guns. That is just me though. My dad has inherited some guns from my grandfather but they are locked and bullets are locked seperatly, I don't even know where they are and don't need to know. Hate to say it but if a gun is turned on me there is nothing I can do but fight cause by the time I make one move that gun pointed at me is going off.

miche... micheledo

I think what you touched on is KEY - gun SAFETY!!  It isn't about control.  We already have plenty of gun control laws and efforts should be made to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.  

Maybe if the media and government focused on safety and promoting classes on proper handling of guns instead of gun control, we would see results.  Everyone should know the dangers of a gun and know how to handle it properly.  (I say that realizing I REALLY need to learn more.  I am not comfortable around guns and sure of how I handle them). 

So many accidental shootings happen because kids find a gun and start messing around.  Maybe teaching proper handling and safety could prevent a lot of that.

kelti... kelticmom

I believe that upstanding citizens with the mental capacity to safely handle firearms have the right to own them, however our gun control system needs a MAJOR overhaul. No one "needs" assault rifles. Look at the Colorado theatre shooting, the Arizona shooting. Those were done with legally purchased firearms by killers that were obviously mentally derranged, yet they could pass a back ground check. You should also have to go into some kind of system when you buy ammunition, not just the gun. No one should be able to stockpile that much ammunition, and when someone buys as much as those two did, even from multiple stores, it would raise a red flag. My husband is in the Army, deployed at the moment, and even he agrees that our gun laws are a joke. I realize that the criminals will always get guns illegally, but let's make it a little harder for the nutcases like Jared Loughner and James Holmes to get their hands on weapons and over 6000 rounds of ammunition.

power... powertothekids

i think guns in srores SHOULDNT BE LOADED i mean jeez and i understand that many people feel"safer" with a gun but seriously there should be more safety on a gun maybe a child lock and you have to enter a code to shoot and reeneter to shut the gun off

Rosem... RosemaryFrancis

I'm Pro-Gun and belong to the NRA.  I feel that this was a sad event that has taken place and unfortunately the family was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I feel whether it be accidental or intentional, gun safety should be put forth front and center no matter where you are.  It is common sense that 'objects' do not kill, the people using those 'objects' do. 

Bloom... Bloomie79

Sounds like a freak accident, human error, something no amount of gun control could have stopped. Though I'm with kelticmom on the whole subject of gun rights. This is a gun safety issue, as was that shooting the other day where the four year old shot the two year old.

MamaD... MamaDee83

What the fuck?!

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

As someone from a country where it is not legal to own a gun, I find your system so odd. NOBODY needs an assault rifle. Nobody. I find it really horrifying that it is legal for people to own one. 

jrl90 jrl90

wow can you people ever get a story right?? You linked the source to another article that clearly state the father accidently discharged the weapon while getting in the car. He had just bought the gun and didn't know there was a round in the chamber and it went off killing his son.

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