MERCER, Pa. — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy was shot to death when a gun accidentally went off as his father was getting into his truck outside a western Pennsylvania gun store. The boy was shot Saturday morning at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Store owner Leonard Mohney says it happened in the parking lot. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the boy was shot when his father’s handgun went off as the man got into the truck while holding the gun. Police say 44-year-old Joseph V. Loughrey told them
Well actually it sounds as if the gun´s trigger was accidentally pulled in a parking lot. A tragedy no matter what and no CCL holder that I know puts himself in such a reckless position to have that happen to them.
Hard to tell from the paucity of information given, but I would presume that grandpa also didn´t just buy the gun at the gun shop because no gun shop worker that I ever heard of would allow a loaded firearm (chamber or clip) to walk out of his door. Like I said, its hard to tell from the info given, which makes me think that the writer is trying to take quite a bit of poetic license with the story.
The AP was almost honest, which is as close as they ever are on these stories. There might have been a gun shop near the parking lot, but that´s not the impression the AP wanted. The AP could have simply reported the truth, but that´s too much to expect from those jerks.
A very misleading and disingenuous headline. I wonder how many 100´s of newspapers across this great land will run this headline such that the empty headed masses of buffoons in this country will jump back in gasping shock asking, "how could a father do this to his son?"?
I´m with #4. The boy is dead. The father will live in hell for the rest of his life even if the law does not prosecute.
I was taught (and taught my kids) that for someone to be shot by accident, ALL the safety rules have to have been violated. A gun had a round chambered. It was pointed in an unsafe direction. A hammer was already cocked or a trigger pulled, and so on. If even one rule had been followed, nobody would have been killed. I never carry an automatic with one in the chamber no matter how safe people assure me it is. My normal carry gun is a snub nosed .357 hammerless revolver. Safety is why I opted for the revolver over a small .45.
Rule One: All guns are always loaded. Rule Two: Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Rule Three: Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target. Rule Four: Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
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Old Army Vet, 12/9/2012 8:40:14 AM (No. 9056221)
I cannot imagine the heartache of the Father in this situation. Condolenses to the family.
I would like to know what handgun was involved in this accident. I think that some handguns are more prone to accidents that others. All guns are dangerous. All guns are loaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, ALWAYS.
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