We have loaded unlocked guns all over the house. We are teaching our kids gun safety and they know guns are NOT toys. I could leave a gun laying out and they would not touch it. (Not that I would cause THAT would be stupid) We have let our 8 yr old and 4 yr old shoot a gun (with assistance) and plan to get them their own rifles when they get old enough. We believe if you take the mystery out of things they will not have the desire to play with it to find out what it is and we have never had an incident where they grabbed a gun without supervision. We do not leave guns laying about in the open. They are well hidden out of child reach and the children are educated to tell an adult if they happen to find a gun. Knowledge is power. And what good does a gun do you if it's locked up and unloaded if someone breaks in? Yeah I'm gonna tell them "Hold on a sec lemmie unlock my gun and load it so I can defend myself." The cops around here even told us once to shoot THEN call the cops. We get a lot of flack for teaching our kids that guns can be good clean fun but are not play toys and should be respected as the possibly dangerous tools they are. I think NOT teaching them would be a disservice to them and put them in danger should they find it not knowing what it can do, whether they are at home or someone elses home.