This article has the most ridiculous quote I've ever read:
"She was not the least bit irresponsible. She was taken much too soon."
Leaving a loaded weapon in easy reach of a child isn't irresponsible? Wow. Is that what they would have said if the child shot one of his cousin's - that the mother wasn't being an absolute moron for letting the situation unfold?
Darwin Award. Good thing it wasn't one of the kids. Apparently it was just waiting to happen.