What You Can You Do to Prevent Accidental Shootings?
If you own one or more guns:
- Make sure they are not loaded.
- Use a gun lock on each weapon and store in a locked cabinet.
- Lock ammunition in a place separate from the guns.
Even if you don’t own a gun:
- Ask the adults in homes where your children play if there are guns on the premises.
- Ask how the guns are stored.
- If you are not comfortable with the answers you get, offer your own home as an alternative play site.
A child 14 and under dies from an unintentional shooting every seven days in the US.
Kids are curious. They love to explore. They usually don’t have trouble finding a hidden gun. Even if you think they don’t know there’s a gun in the house, there is a good chance they do… and will find it.
Some kids can’t tell the difference between a “play” gun and a real one. Children as young as three may be strong enough to pull the trigger on a handgun.
Unlocked guns in the home can cause other problems.
Depressed teenagers can become suicidal, or arguments between family members can get out of control.
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(Sources: the American Academy of Pediatrics & The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality)