Originally Posted by mountainlander
Simple. Of all the things to get complacent with, your children are about the worst.
On that note, what is YOUR point?
I inferred (perhaps incorrectly) that you were waxing liberal. I believe parents
should instruct their children such that they know what is right and wrong, and behave appropriately. My children were taught about firearms continuously, from the time they could toddle around and grab things. When they were very little, I was careful to keep harmful things out of reach. When they got old enough to understand and be taught, I taught them to never handle firearms unless an adult was present, and that every firearm was
always loaded, and to never point a firearm at anything they didn't want to destroy. Consequently, I was able to keep firearms accessible in the home, ready for immediate use if necessary.
My children have all grown up healthy and happy, without a firearms-related accident. I don't think it's luck.
You do understand, that firearms safety was never an issue 50 years ago? Farm kids knew about firearms. Accidental shootings were probably more rare amongst children than amongst adults. It's more a matter of teaching them to respect firearms than it is a matter of keeping firearms 'locked up'.
My $0.02. My sincere apologies if I have misinterpreted the meaning behind your post, but I felt there was a 'point' behind your point.