I understand both sides of the gun control issue.
I grew up with guns and hunting. I spent many hours hunting with my father.
I have also been involved in two shooting accidents. The first one occurred when someone was cleaning a gun and shot a hole in the wall inches from my shoulder. The second occurred when someone shot at a quail, hit a rock instead and the rock then hit me in the knee. I’ve also known several people who were not as fortunate and were seriously injured in gun accidents.
Yesterday a brief news item caught my attention:
4-year-old Boy Accidentally Kills Tenn. Deputy’s Wife
On April 6, Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning was inside his home showing his weapons collection to a relative when the officer's wife and young nephew entered the room. The child grabbed one of Fanning's loaded guns off the bed and fired a single shot.
The bullet struck Josephine Fanning, the deputy's 48-year-old wife. Despite efforts to revive her, Josephine was pronounced dead at the scene.
The gun used in the shooting was not the officer’s service weapon nor was he on duty at the time of the incident, The Tennessean reported. According to CBS News, Fanning is a school resource officer at two area elementary schools. He and Josephine wed last year.
Sheriff Robert Bryan called the shooting a terrible accident.
I read a few more reports of the incident, hoping to find some better explanation of how the accident occurred. It happened during a family cookout. There was alcohol. The deputy was not on duty. His service weapon was always kept in a safe. He was a “good officer”. But why was even one gun in his “collection” loaded? Why was it on the bed? Why did the child know how to shoot it?
A comment made in the USA Today version leapt out at me:
"Danny Fanning is going to have to live with it.”
Indeed….and so will many other people. Accidents happen.