Gun Control & Children
With the public waning on additional gun control legislature and the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting approaching, it’s time to remind everyone that we can make a difference today.
It’s a rather simple idea that the best way to prevent gun violence is to ensure that our guns do not fall into the wrong hands, specifically our children, the mentally ill, and the criminals in our neighborhoods.
So we’ll start with the first one. It’s the easiest to do and the one everyone will agree with.
Let’s keep our firearms secure and away from our children.
Too many children are killed or injured due to gun violence in this country. Every day, children and young adults find guns in their own homes (or a friend’s home) and become victims of gun violence.
In fact, in 2008 and 2009, more American children were killed by guns than U.S. military personnel fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan during that same period. Almost twice as many preschool-age children died from gun violence in 2008-2009 than police officers killed in the line of duty.
Young children are intrigued by guns and can accidentally shoot themselves, a friend, or family member. But don’t forget - not all gun deaths are accidental. Some children seek out a gun to commit suicide or to bully fellow students.
If you own a gun, protect it. Ensure your children and others cannot access it. If you do not have a gun, remind your children if they ever see a gun to call an adult immediately.
(By the way, I’m not against children handling a gun in a controlled setting, as it is important for gun owners to teach their children the proper use and safety rules when handling a firearm. But any access to a firearm should be under strict supervision.)
Remember, if you want to protect your gun rights, you first must protect your guns.
[editor addition] For information on Firearm Safety, there are numerous web sites found on the internet including Firearm Safety, or find a safety instructor in your neighborhood. I will be attending one myself next month.
For some additional information on gun violence and children visit MomsDemandAction
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