Asking saves lives: A simple question can keep children safe from gun injury

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Irrespective of how you are feeling about weapons or gun possession, I feel that you’ll most likely agree that when kids have entry to loaded weapons, dangerous issues can occur.

In actual fact, 80% of unintentional firearm deaths of kids youthful than 15 occur in a house — and 1.7 million kids and youngsters reside in a house with a loaded, unlocked gun. Listed here are another info from the Brady Heart to Stop Gun Violence:

  • 1 in 3 properties with kids have weapons, many unlocked or loaded
  • 3 out of 4 kids ages 5 to 14 know the place firearms are stored within the residence
  • 17,500 youths are injured or killed every year because of gun violence
  • Weapons are the second main reason for dying amongst kids and youths.

That’s why each June twenty first, the Brady Heart and the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages dad and mom to ask a quite simple query:

Is there an unlocked gun the place my youngster performs?

It’s such a easy query. Mother and father who personal a gun ought to ask it of themselves — and earlier than sending a toddler to a different individual’s home, they need to ask it of the folks residing there.

There are two issues that may be carried out to maintain kids secure from gun harm if there’s a gun in the home:

  1. Lock up the gun
  2. Lock up the ammunition, individually.

Each dad or mum who owns a gun ought to do that. If the folks the place a toddler goes to play don’t, dad and mom ought to ask if they’ll. If they will’t or gained’t, then the kid shouldn’t go there, plain and easy.

That is about well being and security. You wouldn’t ship your youngster in a automobile with out seatbelts, you wouldn’t allow them to experience a curler coaster with out being strapped in, you wouldn’t allow them to play with sharp knives or harmful chemical compounds, you wouldn’t ship them to a zoo the place lions or tigers or different presumably aggressive animals have been allowed to roam free. It’s about taking primary precautions. Give it some thought that approach if you happen to really feel awkward asking.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) means that if you’re feeling awkward, you possibly can ask otherwise, similar to, “My youngster may be very curious. Do you’ve weapons or something harmful he may get into?” The AAP additionally factors out that whereas it’s comprehensible that folks would really feel that for security causes they need to have their gun loaded and on the prepared ought to there be an intruder, the fact is {that a} loaded, accessible gun is extra seemingly for use on a member of the family than an intruder — and may very well be discharged by a curious youngster.

Speaking about weapons will be tough. It’s a politically and emotionally charged matter. However on the subject of kids and security, it’s one we have to speak about. Let’s begin by asking the query: is there an unlocked gun the place my youngster performs?

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