....Tom, there was an article in the Telegraph about the number of children accidentally shot and killed in the US per year (supposed to be around the 500 mark with many thousands more severely injured); interestingly, the "familiarity" thing possibly leading to complacency was mentioned as a contributing factor in a lot of cases (it also mentioned 3 or four other quite recent incidents where the parent was a police officer).
Heres a tragic story of another 3 year old girl who shot herself in the chest, after apparently thinking the gun was a "wii" controller which looked similar. I think this will always happen really.....and the parents do not necessarily have to be grossly irresponsible or idiots for it to happen (though there are lots of people who are unfortunately...like in this case it would seem).http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...l-accident.html
Kids are smarter than a lot of people give them credit for, and no matter how careful the parent is they can 'find a way'. I remember when I was a bairn, my dad was a martial artist in his youth and trained with weapons like rice flails (nunchakus) and also collected things like halberds and other ceremonial type weapons. I found out where the key to where he stored them was by watching him unawares (which was under lock and key in a metal chest itself)and when he was out decided to do a 'Bruce lee' routine with the nunchakus after watching one of his films (kids, eh?). As you may know, nunchakus can be extremely lethal.....and the size of myself at the time (and the speed I was whirling them around) I could have easily done myself in, or been badly injured. I didn't even touch the Halberds.
As you'll all know, if a kid has a 'rebel streak' in them, no amount of good advice and stern warnings from a parent will change that....when they are told not to do something, or that it is forbidden, it often makes them want to do it all the more. Maybe you were that kid yourself. I know I was.
My dad found out I had been into the storage that very night (probably I didn't put them back the way they were) and I got the fecking hiding of my life (and rightly so....really). I remember it like it was yesterday, Wouldn't be doing that again in a hurry....but he ended up removing them from the house entirely after that anyway.