That was my point, the rifle should have been put up until a responsible adult could take him somewhere safe to teach him to shoot it. It was gross negligence for the parents to leave it leaning in a corner, loaded or not.
My point goes even further: would you really ever give a 5-year old a kitchen knife? You wouldn't, not even for "educational purposes" like showing how to cut vegetables with it. You don't do that with a 5-year old.
You also don't confront a 5-year-old with pornography.
You wouldn't let a 5-year-old drive a car.
You wouldn't let a 5-year-old shop for groceries.
You wouldn't give a 5-year-old a lighter.
You wouldn't give a 5-year-old a hair-dryer next to a filled bathtub.
You wouldn't give a 5-year-old your razor blade.
You wouldn't give a 5-year-old beer or cigarettes.
So why the FUCK would you EVER give a 5-year-old a FUCKING GUN?!?!