This article is from the Firearms Safety & Children FAQ, by Patrick Casey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Gunshenan (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
Owning a firearm is a very personal choice. In the document that follows,
we make no attempt to persuade the reader to own or not own them.
No matter how we feel about firearms, it is imperative that we teach our
children the basics of firearms safety. Even if there is never a gun in
your home, there may be one in a friend's, neighbor's or a relative's home.
Not teaching your children the basics of firearms safety is like not
teaching them how to swim, or not teaching them to avoid hazards such as
hot, sharp or pointed things. Children are curious. When it comes to
firearms, uninformed children are likely to get hurt! Let us not let our
politics blind us to ways to enhance the safety of our children.