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Toddler Accidentally Shoots, Kills Deputy's Wife

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.

Source: AP. Read full article. (link)

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  • Bernieyeball||

    Guns are for everyone!

  • Best Of All Possible Tyrannies||

    Well, it seems to me if we had an instant background check system the database would have flagged that 4 year old as ineligible to own that super-duper deadly assault weapon with a cyclic rate of 4x10^16 armor piercing disposable magazine clips per minute.

    Or something.

  • Ted Levy||

    We need laws to remove guns from the homes of deputies! If only one wife can be saved...

  • ||

    But remember, cops are totally more responsible than the rest of us....

  • SQRLSY One||

    If only the cop had had 50,000 hours or more of prefessional instruction by expertologists of expertology of gunology, taught by a PHd instead of some sorry SOB with a mere master's degree, this would NOT have happened!

  • sloopyinca||

    Sheriff Robert Bryan says the weapon discharged, hitting 48-year-old Josephine Fanning.

    Guns don't "discharge". Someone shoots them. Fucking AP and their passive voice bullshit.

  • vonPeterhof||

    In grammatical terms this isn't passive voice, just active voice with an inanimate subject.

  • Capt Ace Rimmer||

    Four year olds can get away with anything. Imagine the possibilities.

  • Capt Ace Rimmer||

    Is the kid named Bean?

  • johnl||

    So while entertaining guests at a cookout, Daniel and Josephine Fanning were in their bedroom together. And Daniel was showing guns to an unnamed relative, either the 4 YO or someone else. So there are at least 3 people in the bedroom, the 4 YO, the Fannings, and the possible other unnamed relative. Someone is shot, and the 4 YO is blamed. This is a whole lot of people in the bedroom at a cookout. I bet the 4 YO is the unnamed relative.

  • JeremyR||

    It's like the hunting accidents where the dog gets blamed for pulling the trigger

  • Johnimo||

    I know from personal experience that ANYONE who puts a loaded gun on the bed for folks to "look at" is asking for big trouble. A gun owner has a duty to never hand a loaded gun to anyone and to never show-off a loaded gun to anyone other than the person whose last sight it is meant to be.

    Why? If you have to ask, then you need more instruction before you own a gun.

  • jester||

    I missed the sheriff...instead I shot the de-pu-ty's.......wife. The kid has a bright future in reggae.

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