Picture this: Your son and his friend are getting along great on a play date. suddenly the friend turns to your son and says, ‘I know where my dad keeps his gun. Wanna see it?’ This one suggestion can turn a normal play date into a bonafide tragedy. It is estimated that about one third of households in the US alone contain guns and 100’s of children are killed each year. To keep this from happening we need to educate our children and ourselves about gun safety and the very real danger they pose. To start here a few helpful hints, and suggestions pertaining to children and gun safety.
You must keep your firearms out of sight and out of reach of children.
It must be locked away out of reach of your child, whether in a lock box
or some other hiding place, and unloaded with the ammunition stored separately.
If you are cleaning your gun, do not leave it unattended, put it away
or out of reach.
Children have an innate curiosity about many things. They pretend to drive cars without knowing the risks that come with it, if they see balls they’ll wanna bounce them, if they see a bright and colorful liquid or object they’ll investigate it. The same thing with weapons, if they see it they’ll want to imitate ‘shooting the bad guys’ like they see on TV, not knowing what really happens to the ‘bad guy’. Unfortunately research shows that even after being told not to do something, most children, like adults, still do the wrong thing, whether with a real gun or with a toy.Letting your child play with toy firearms is a matter of personal preference, but they must be educated for when they come across a real weapon. They must stop what they’re doing, don’t touch the gun, leave the area, and tell an adult.
Even though you may know all this, the parent of your child’s friend, your neighbor, or your friends may not or don’t feel the need to explain things to their children. This is why you must speak to them and make sure before letting your child enter their house. In conclusion, keep guns out of reach, educate children about what to do, and make sure other adults know about gun safety as well. If an accident involving a gun does occur, contact Bryan Caulfield today!