I understand your concern and I mean the following from my heart.
I too have kids, but with proper precautions and most importantly, proper education of kids, this doesn't happen. I have firearms and my kids have been raised around them. Most everyone in Montana has them as well and believe me when I say, I have only heard of accidents ... See Morehappening when kids are not taught what a gun is for and what the consequence of playing with them are.
My kids know that guns can kill you. That is the difference. To them, they are not play toys. They understand them and respect them, thus, they have no interest in them as they have a clear conceptual understanding of them.
I personally know MANY people who have both guns and kids and they too have taken the responsibility of being a parent and have taught their kids in kind.
I have taken my 12 year old shooting and as a hunter myself, who uses guns as tools to provide food for my family, as do my friends and millions of people across the nation, my kids understand the purpose of guns and even at a young age understand the responsibility of them.
If you think about it, there are approximately 60 million LEGALLY owned guns throughout the US. It is far more dangerous for a child to get in a car than it is for them to live in the same household as a gun.
I hope this helps you to see a different viewpoint. Guns have saved millions of lives of folks who have legally used them to defend themselves and their loved ones and honestly the vast majority of them never needed to fire them as they were enough of a deterrent by the fact of them being presented defensively.
It is in fact a sad testimony that we as human beings have not evolved past the point of having people for whom lives of others are worthless, but until that happens, I will remain responsible for the protection of my wife and kids and I refuse to lay down if it comes down to taking a life to keep them and myself safe. I pray that this never happens, I really, really do.
But, just as I put on a seat belt every time I get in a car, even though I drive defensively and cautiously. I just cannot control other people and I want to take every chance to come home to my beautiful bride and kids.