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.


  1. 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.

  2. The firearm did not "discharge".

    It was operated by a human.

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