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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?

Replies

  • angelmom224
    December 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    My sympathy goes out to the family. 

    As for gun control morons like this father need to learn how to handle guns better to hep prevent tragic accidents like this from happening. I grew up with guns in my home and so did my DH. DH was a military brat and went through book camp for the marines so he is well educated in guns. We dont have any guns in our home yet. DH can get the guns he wants after we get the proper safe to store them in and we have both gone through the proper training. Even though he knows way more than me still I want to know more. Even we tried to take guns away it would never work cause the ones who want to use them to kill others would be the ones with them and that wont do any good. 

  • MichelleMc
    December 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM


    Quoting TheMommaJessie:

    gun shops ARE NOT suppose to have loaded guns in their stores. i own guns & WHEN guns are handled and used correctly there is no risk of killing or hurting children.


    EXACTLY, it wasn't a gun shop gun. It was the dads gun. Sigh.

  • Mandi812
    December 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    The issue here is the guy was stupid and apparently didnt know gun safety. 

    As for Gun Controle in england they banned all the guns, so now crime with knives is on the rise... funny.. doesn't seem CRIME goes away due to all these laws...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4581871.stm

  • GagaNTattooS
    December 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    We have a house full of guns this story doesn't given enough info was the gun in the car??? Why was it not locked up?? We travel guns go in the case under lock and key they are no where near the kids. Once again this is someone being stupid and you cant fix stupid. I will now and always support right to bear arms and we will not give that up
  • xMamaMiax
    December 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Gun control?  This was a freak accident by the sounds of it.  The dad was backing out of the space...So was the gun in his coat? a Holster?  the back of his pants?  The gun fired accidently(im highly assuming), but to take guns away from everyone for someone elses mistake does not make us safer.

  • MichelleMc
    December 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    http://www.ncnewsonline.com/update/x942847985/Police-say-boy-s-shooting-was-accidental

    Here is more information. Not sure how people are getting that the gun store had the loaded gun, but that isn't the case. This was the DAD's gun. He was trying to sell it, and didn't unload it. It hasn't even been totally ruled an accident totally yet. The store is not to blame.

  • MichelleMc
    December 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM


    Quoting gcstar42:

    Just curious where did you get all of this information? (The stuff I highlighted in red) I read through this whole atricle and I am not seeing it?

    Quoting MichelleMc:

     

    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.

     

    http://www.ncnewsonline.com/update/x942847985/Police-say-boy-s-shooting-was-accidental

  • Jynnifer292
    December 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

     

    Quoting GagaNTattooS:

    We have a house full of guns this story doesn't given enough info was the gun in the car??? Why was it not locked up?? We travel guns go in the case under lock and key they are no where near the kids. Once again this is someone being stupid and you cant fix stupid. I will now and always support right to bear arms and we will not give that up

     I am wondering too. Everyone is blaming dad but from what I read, I got the impression that they didn't know where the bullet came from. If they were in front of a gun store, I thought it possible that it came from outside of the car.

  • MichelleMc
    December 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

     

    Quoting Jynnifer292:

     

    Quoting GagaNTattooS:

    We have a house full of guns this story doesn't given enough info was the gun in the car??? Why was it not locked up?? We travel guns go in the case under lock and key they are no where near the kids. Once again this is someone being stupid and you cant fix stupid. I will now and always support right to bear arms and we will not give that up

     I am wondering too. Everyone is blaming dad but from what I read, I got the impression that they didn't know where the bullet came from. If they were in front of a gun store, I thought it possible that it came from outside of the car.


    The bullet was in the gun that dad was carrying because dad shot the gun! Dad didn't unload the gun. He "Thought" it was, but one was in the chamber because he didn't do basic gun safety. He then stupidly pointed it towards his son, then stupidly had his finger on the trigger & it went off. HE shot his son.

    http://www.ncnewsonline.com/update/x942847985/Police-say-boy-s-shooting-was-accidental

    There is no question on that. They are just questioning on if it was accidental or on purpose. It was just dumb & lack of safety or on purpose.

  • gcstar42
    December 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Okay I was just wondering, because I see you getting mad at people saying they were not reading the whole story. But I think they were reading THIS story, and we all just don't have the same information that you do because we have not read multiple stories about it. So we are just going by what is in this particular article. And in this story it just says a gun was somehow fired when the dad was backing out of a parking space and that they were not sure if it was accidental or intentional. It never even mentioned if it was the dad's gun or someone else's gun from outside. I do agree that if it was his gun then he should have been much safer and he acted very irresponsibly with it. But all of this information you have is not something the rest of us have just from reading this article. So I just thought I would point that out so you don't feel upset with things other people are saying.  

    Quoting MichelleMc:

     

    Quoting gcstar42:

    Just curious where did you get all of this information? (The stuff I highlighted in red) I read through this whole atricle and I am not seeing it?

    Quoting MichelleMc:

     

    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.

     


    It wouldn't have shot the child if it wasn't pointed at the child. He wouldn't have went off if he wouldn't have had his finger  near the trigger, wouldn't have went off if the safety wasn't on. But I live 30 minutes away & have read it all morning. So I am sure I have read multiple articles all morning about how he thought it was empty, and that there was one in the chamber. Which means, he was an un safe gun handler because it is one of the first things you do, especially if you are going to sell them. Which is what he was going to do. I will add the other articles. I must be merging them together in my brain.


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