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UPDATE Pg 9: 7 -Year-Old Shot to Death: What Is Your Stance on Gun Control?
December 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

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

Posted by Jeanne Sager

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?


  • smurfy88
    December 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    I don't use guns and honestly I wouldn't care if they took away the right to bare arms.

  • mummy1990
    December 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Thats very sad, but it probably was an accident. I think if our rights to have guns is taken, then that leaves us defenseless against everything....the gov, everyone outside the country. People would go hungry because they wouldn't be able to hunt and feed their family. Innocent people would suffer. And yeah, an innocent boy died, but you can't look at the small picture when dealing with huge issues, its either stop the world for this one little boy, and have millions possibly suffer because of it, or continue on, and give people the ability to protect themselves and feed their families.


    I mean, even if you take away guns, its not going to help anyone BUT criminals. If regular law abiding people can protect themselves with guns, things like gangs would be less likely to rob and harm people. Without guns, those that abide by the law would dare get a gun because thats illegal, but that wouldn't stop a criminal, and then they'd take over......

  • JasonsMom2007
    December 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I saw this last night and found it interesting

    IMO if you outlaw guns the only people who will have them are the criminals and who does that help?  I think instead we need to require gun safety courses for each and every person who owns a firearm of any kind as well as background checks before you can buy a gun (I know they do the background checks here but I don't know if they do everywhere).  Educate instead of banning.

  • JocelynsMama1
    December 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    First let me say I'm so sorry for the faily of that little boy. I can't imagine What they are going through. I can't imagine losing your child so instantly. But this is the stupidest post ive EVER read! A child getting shot doesnt bring any new light to the debate. It doesnt change anything at all. They havent even said wether it was an accident or not. Guns don't kill people, people kill people! Either someone intentionally shot that little boy OR there was an accident. And in this case if there was an accident it means one of those guns was loaded which it shouldnt have been and then the gun store needs to be in some trouble. But that doesnt mean we should get rid of guns....more people die in car accidents every year should we get rid of those too? 

  • Woodbabe
    December 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    This child died because his father forgot the golden rule: There is no such thing as unloaded gun.

  • MichelleMc
    December 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Quoting IcU2:

    The bigger issue here is why was a gun being fired in a populated area. When guns are beig treated and handled with respect these things don't happen. A gun should never have been loaded or had the safety removed in a store it most def shouldn't have been fired and whilst I understand this was an accident I hope the store and who ever fired the gun face some serious charges.

    You didn't even read it did you? Well I know you didn't to write what you did. It wasn't in the store. It wasn't supposed to be fired. The dad thought it was unloaded because he doesn't know how to check the chamber & shouldn't have the gun. Was going to sell it. Went to put it in away in the car, and stupidly, had it pointed towards his son, stupidly put his finger near the trigger without safety on & it went off, shot his son. This all happened in the parking lot.

    The store has NOTHING to do with it & the store shouldn't face any charges. The father was the idiot in all of this.

  • gcstar42
    December 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I think it is a very sad situation and my heart goes out to this family. However, when it comes to guns you also have to think of many innocent lives they have saved. And if you get rid of guns because somebody could accidently get killed, then we need to get rid of cars because somebody could be killed in a wreck, get rid of all swimming pools because somebody could drown, and get rid of anything else that "could" kill somebody.

  • Karenjm
    by Karenjm
    December 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    How sad :-(

  • MandaRose83
    December 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    I grew up 20 minutes away from where this happened. its so sad :-(. Im not one to rant and rave about guns because I dont really care too much about what other people choose to do. I just dont understand why the average pedestrian feels they need to own a gun. If you say its for protection I feel thats an excuse. I think there is something about guns and power and people need to feel powerful. There wont ever be a gun in my home, EVER. Luckily my dh feels the same and he isnt a hunter so there is no need.
  • barrelracer1699
    December 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Sad story and I feel for the family of that little boy. Banning guns wont help. Law abiding citizens follow rules, murders don't. Accidents happen, yes people need to be more careful. Maybe classes for gun safety to own a gun. I am very pro gun ownership. I have a gun and my husband has several guns. We hunt and that is putting food on our table. Anywhere you go there is always going to be the ones that are stupid and not careful!

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