Four Simple Rules.
I feel it necessary to repeat again the Four Rules of Firearm Safety:
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHERE YOUR BULLET WILL LAND.
If you're ever to be around (not just own or possess) firearms, you need to learn these rules, and be able to recite them upon demand. Following any one of these rules at all times may not prevent embarrassment, but will probably prevent a tragedy. So practice all of them, always.
I have taught these rules to six year-old girls.
If you cannot comprehend and exercise the tenets of the Four Rules, please --I beg you-- stay away from firearms, forever.
That is all.