It’s amazing that this point needs to be made, but here you go:
If you have guns and a young child in the house, you have a moral and legal obligation to keep the guns where the child can’t get to them. Keeping a fully-loaded pistol in a nightstand in your bedroom does not constitute “child-proof storage”.
I have guns in the house. I also have an enterprising and curious toddler whose skills at breaking and entering are starting to approach career criminal standards. You can bet your life on the fact that my guns are kept in a location and condition that makes it impossible for my children to be featured in a news report like this one.
It would be great if stupidity could only hurt the guilty party. When it comes to idiots leaving loaded firearms accessible to small children, the ones who get hurt by that kind of stupidity are usually not just the idiots.
Reading the article in question (the boy lived, thankfully), I have to come to the conclusion that maybe some people shouldn’t own guns. Some choice quotes:
“He’s a little boy and he loves playing with guns and trucks and everything,” [the mother] said.
You know he loves “playing with guns”, and yet you keep your loaded pistol in the nightstand drawer, in an unlocked room. That’s some Grade-A parenting right there. Since he loves trucks, too, why don’t you make it a habit of leaving your truck door open and the keys in the ignition as well? Maybe you can even leave the engine running, and put a little step stool in front of the open door, too.
She said she’s still not sure why the gun fired; he either tried to load it himself or there was a bullet in the chamber already and it barely missed killing him.
The gun fired because there was a round in the chamber, and someone pulled the trigger. If you’re ignorant of the mechanics involved here, you should not own a firearm. Also, three-year-olds don’t usually have the dexterity or upper body strength to rack the slide on a .40-caliber pistol, which means that an adult made the conscious decision to make the weapon hot and then leave it unsupervised.
Ugh. I could go on, but I won’t. Morons like this one cast a bad light on all the responsible gun owners out there, and if we ever go the way of the UK, she’ll have a teensy bit of blame to shoulder for it.