Monday, April 8, 2013

Don't Be Stupid

There are some basic rules of firearms safety, of which one of the more obvious is: don't put a loaded firearm somewhere where a toddler can get hold of it. From April 8, 2013 USA Today:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy got ahold of a loaded gun at a family cookout and shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy.

Investigators say Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning on Saturday was showing his weapons to a relative in a bedroom of his Lebanon home when the toddler came in and picked up a gun off the bed. Sheriff Robert Bryan says the weapon discharged, hitting 48-year-old Josephine Fanning.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fortunately, unlike civilians, law enforcement officers can always be trusted not to be stupid with guns -- or at least, that is what the gun control crowd likes to believe.


ThatWouldBeTelling said...

You're probably right, but some fraction of official gun accidents are anything but. One happened in my home town a few years ago, 14 years old girls gathered for a slumber party, head of house left a revolver out of the safe that he was fitting a holster to in a room they weren't supposed to go in, one of his daughter's "friends" picked it up, aimed it at her head and pulled the trigger.

Officially a tragic accident.

I would hope this incident is investigated carefully enough to rule out foul play.

BFR said...

The firearm did not "discharge".

It was operated by a human.

Clayton Cramer said...

Discharge is the right word: that does not imply a fault or defect.