At 16 this was not her apartment. Unless married (which doesn't appear to be the case) she was in her parent's or guardian's home.
Keeping the gun locked and safe when a teen party was happening was some adult's responsibility---like the dad???? Like the mom???
Not allowing teen drinking was also some adult's responsibility as well.
I take minor exception to part of Janq's comments.
Janq wrote: (I)advise my own students to lock up their guns and repeat same online among gunfu forums to LOCK UP YOUR GUNS!!...That I won't back down from that position.
If it's not on your person or you are not in the room with direct control of the gun, lock it up! "
I fully agree with that but with some minor exceptions. WE don't have kids in the house and Mrs. H won't touch the guns even when asked to learn. They are kept one in the pipe in holsters and I see no danger whatsoever from doing this.
Yes, there is a gamble that a BG could get into the house while we are here, find them and use them against us, but that's about in the same category as having a BG grab it from you. The home invasion scenario being an exception, the house is under my and my wife's control and the guns are under my control though they are not necessarily in my pocket.
Responsibility in the incident Janq posed falls not with the gun, not with the loaded gun, but with the adults who allowed a teen gathering to take place unsupervised and alcohol to be present.
There was plenty of negligence by the parents or guardians with respect to allowing the gathering without being present themselves; allowing alcohol to be served; and leaving the loaded gun where "children" could get there hands on it. Somehow this has become a gun story instead of a story about parental negligence and child endangerment through violations of the alcohol laws, and violation of the laws which prohibit allowing children to have access to loaded guns unsupervised.
Calamities of all sorts are foreseeable when adults allow unsupervised teen parties. These range from what happened in this story to inappropriate "adult" behavior, to trashing the house, to home invasion by party crashers. I think the real message of this story is not about guns and gun safety, but it is about parental responsibilities and parental irresponsibility. The gun was the least of it.