Horrible, stupid mistake in Tennessee. Deputy's wife killed by 4 year old

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    Horrible, stupid mistake in Tennessee. Deputy's wife killed by 4 year old

    Laying a loaded gun down on a bed with a 4 year old nearby?

    Tragic. Remember, it only takes a moment.

    Boy, 4, accidentally kills Tenn. deputy's wife
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    Pretty stupid and negligent,gun should have been cleared with the slide locked open before laying it down
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    You never show a loaded gun to someone. He should of unloaded it the moment he took it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by From the article
    ... at a family cookout ... 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.
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    You never show a loaded gun to someone. He should of unloaded it the moment he took it out.
    Yup.

    Showing weapons to relatives at a barbeque is great, but unless on a range being prepped for actual shooting, it's hard to believe weapons would be brought out loaded. Good example of why that should be the case.

    Time and again, those four basic gun safety guidelines show how sensible they are.
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    It is sad when something like this occurs, but it just goes to show you that the safety rules should never be taken for granted. Showing a firearm with a curious toddler around was probably a bad idea from the start, but I would think a deputy would know to at the very least clear the gun. It's a tragedy that could have, and should have, been avoided. Don't let this happen to you, safety may seem redundant, but the one time you "think" you know what you're doing is the one time the gun goes bang.

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    Simply awful. I have made prayers for the officer and the departed. I also prayed for the child who will one day have to come to terms with this, as it is sure to come to light at some point in their life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amperius View Post
    It is sad when something like this occurs, but it just goes to show you that the safety rules should never be taken for granted. Showing a firearm with a curious toddler around was probably a bad idea from the start, but I would think a deputy would know to at the very least clear the gun.
    A bit like not doing transmission changes with the engine idling, on the family car. I would think anyone would get the picture that it's highly dangerous to attempt doing so. IMO, bringing loaded guns out for show-and-tell isn't much different. And, yes, one would think that might have occurred to a deputy.
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    The rules exist for a reason and it is inexcusable to ignor or forget them. This is the reason I triple check myself every time I have a gun out for cleaning, etc. Mistakes happen when we get sloppy.

    Thoughts and prayers for the family.

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    How very sad.





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    Sad, but still dumb.
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    It is "usually in a safe" like was said in the article. Then when it's not in the safe, there should be careful attention to it and its surroundings like who else is in the room. Like was stated above, it should have at least been unloaded and cleared before setting it down. What a horrible cost for not paying attention.
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    He got excited about showing his guns and wasn't thinking. Hard way to learn an easy lesson.

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    A sad incident. Showing it to anyone it should have been unloaded. Not uncommon for brewskies at a BBQ.

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