|Craig Allen Loughrey|
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.
A weapon that was undoubtedly purchased to protect his family, ends up taking the life of his son.
There is a very powerful message there, but I doubt that most in this gun happy society will be able to understand it.
How many times have we heard the phrase "I didn't think it was loaded." spoken after a tragedy like this? And when was the last time you heard a suspect in a stabbing use "I didn't know it was sharp" as an excuse?
There is a vast difference separating gun violence from other kinds of violence in America, and I think it is time that we as a country recognize that and stop making up excuses for the violence so that we can keep buying the guns.