A lot of it is about proper training. 58 years ago when I turned 12, my mom took me to Sears, and using my allowance and chore money we purchased a Marlin 30-30. My neighbors had the task of teaching me, as mom and dad didn't hunt. They spent almost 6 months teaching me basic gun safety, plus the specific safety of using a lever action, and the half cock position. That gun was, and still is, just as safe as one with a cross bolt if the shooter is properly trained. Still have that original gun. I agree with Woods Walker, that cross bolt thing is more of an insurance issue. Countless youngsters have hunted over those 58 years with levers ( Winchester and Marlin) and there is no real safety issue. Sure, somewhere there may have been an isolated incident, but most likely that could have been avoided with better training.
I gotta go agitate the techies!