You can bet if that many young children had died from a faulty crib, a faulty window shade design which cord can choke babies, a faulty child seat, a loose medicine bottle cap, etc., the media would be all over it. It would a national problem that must be dealt with by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. But guns are one of the rare products not regulated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, by design of the NRA and the elected leaders who do its' bidding ,that does not want to deal with these inconvenient facts.
Children and loaded guns do not go together. Read, in the highlighted article, the comments from the University of California, Davis ( which, by the way, has done an excellent hidden camera video about the dangers at gun shows all over the country). It is noted that when a household has young children, having any loaded gun around is simply a bad idea. This will assure that these type of accidents will not happen. The second best thing is to have trigger locks and, of course, locking the guns in a secured safe away from sight. But, as we all know, as pointed out in the article, children are curious and will investigate items around the house.
I have watched as my children and now my grandchildren, explore their environments. I also know that little boys in particular start making shooting noises and gestures from a very early age. They are aware of guns and how they are used. It almost appears as if it is inherent in their very natures. So when a young child sees a real gun, of course he or she will think it's something to be played with. Parents keep their children safe from most other hazards, but for some reason, some families simply do not get that loaded guns are immune from their child's curiousity. In the tragic Sacramento area gun death, the father is a law enforcement officer. This is not the first accidental shooting of a law enforcement officer's child. Unfortunately, they happen often enough that law enforcement officers should have heightened awareness of the problem.
Every day in America 8 children and teens die from gun injuries. This is a national tragedy that the NRA wants to keep quiet. It doesn't fit with their agenda of more guns in homes for self defense and more guns in public. It doesn't fit with the need for the gun industry to sell their products, no matter what. As long as we sit by and let these children kill themselves in suicides, accidental deaths or homicides, we are complicit in the end result. Too many children and too much grief for families and communities.