Police officers in Iowa decided to do a little experiment about children and gun safety. They placed a fake gun in a room and allowed eight pre-schoolers and kindergartners to roam free in the room without adult supervision.
The result: to the parents' dismay, within 15 seconds, the children had found the gun and soon six of the children were passing it around, pretending to shoot it and even aiming it at each other.
The only two children who refused to play with the gun were the two who came from households with firearms. In other words, their parents had successfully "explained the dangers and responsibilities of guns."
Here's the video via Fox 17 Nashville:
HotAir's Matt Vespa cites a 2013 report that found that "[d]uring the last decade, the number of unintentional firearm-related fatalities involving children 14 years of age and under has decreased by 28 percent and by 74 percent over the last 20 years." According to the study, firearm-related fatalities in the home dropped overall by 33 percent over the last decade and by 50 percent over the last 20 years.
This reduction in fatalities is likely due to the greater emphasis gun advocacy groups, particularly the NRA, have been placing on gun safety. Vespa explains that the training for kids when they see a firearm is "a) don’t touch it b) leave the immediate area c) find an adult."