It seems that the focus has been on the safety of the firearm itself. I have had to "repair" many of these for the firing when the safety is disengaged issue. Of all I have seen like this the cause was one of a couple of issues. 1. The trigger was improperly adjsuted (most common) 2. Trigger assy was full of gummy residue from cleaning without a bore guide causing some parts to stick. The core problem as I see it is this ( I pity the families that have lost one to these accidents there is nothing worse ), if the rifle was pointed in a safe direction not one single life would have been lost. There is no way around that, period. Mechanical failures can happen for a number of reasons, poor gun handling can fall on only one persons shoulders, the shooter. Please take some thought on this. I am very strict about muzzle control with my kids and myself. If I hold up my end of the stick I won't have to blame someone else.