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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:13 AM

Father Accidentally Shoots And Kills 7-Year-Old Son Outside Gun Store

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A 7-year-old boy died on Saturday when he was shot by his father in an apparent accident outside a Mercer County gun shop, state police said. Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, was getting into his truck holding a .9mm Taurus handgun when it discharged. The bullet struck his son, Craig Allen Loughrey, 7, in the chest, state police said. The boy died at the scene.

“I know that little kid was everything to him,” said Mark McLaughlin of Fredonia, a friend and co-worker of Loughrey’s at Superior Well Services in Fredonia.

State police said Loughrey told them he had emptied the magazine of the gun, but had no idea a bullet was still in the chamber.

“This happens all too often where people think the gun was empty,” said state police Lt. Eric Hermick.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:17 AM

1. Guns don't kill people. Empty guns kill people! This is so sad.

I can't even imagine what this mad feels. My heart goes out to the mother as well.

And I still hate guns!!!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:17 AM

2. Another prime example of why we need firearm safety training before owning one.

"I didn't know it was loaded"

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:19 AM

3. This wasn't a new gun. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:23 AM

4. And if he had safety training back before whenever he bought it.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:43 AM

6. I suspect he's had plenty of training. Unfortunately, even the best gun folks slip up too often.


Besides, who is going to do the training? -- someone steeped in the "NRA" gun culture and all that goes with it.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:52 AM

7. 40 odd years ago I was taught that a weapon is always loaded-never assume it isn't

And it had nothing to do with the NRA.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:03 AM

9. I'll bet most of those who "accidently" shoot someone had the same training over and over.


Besides, it doesn't take a genius to know to check to see if a gun is loaded before handling, and merely removing the magazine doesn't mean the gun is unloaded.

My guess is, this guy wanted a loaded gun in his cab in case a "thug" attacked him (highly unlikely, except in the minds of folks like this dad). Look where it got him.

And yes, our perception of guns and who we allow to walk around with them has everything to do with the gun culture and NRA types (whether members or free-riders).

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #9)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:08 AM

10. You must be clairvoyant to assume all that ....

 

You must be a wizard.

You should use your talents for good in the world.
I can't understand why you would waste those amazing talents here.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:24 AM

5. My heart goes out to those involved. No further comments!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:57 AM

8. you always assume one in the chamber. youre not supposed to dry fire them anyway

 

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:00 AM

11. locking

feel free to re-post in Gun Control & RKBA http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1172

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