Guns are now a prevalent health hazard. More than half of American families keep firearms in their homes. Injuries and deaths from firearms are escalating at an alarming rate in the United States.
In the United States, 70% of the unintentional firearm shootings involved handguns.
Children as young as 3-years old are strong enough to pull the trigger of many handguns available in the United States.
Unintentional shootings among children most often occur when children are unsupervised and out of school.
If you choose to have a gun, firearm or pellet gun in your home, you are responsible to educate your family. You also are responsible for proper storing of all firearms.
Education is our first line of defense in eliminating unintentional gun injuries and fatalities.
Males die 14 times more than females from unintentional gunshot wounds.
90% of unintentional shootings involving children are linked to an easily accessible, loaded handgun in the home.
In a home where there have been previous episodes of depression or suicide attempts, the mere presence of a gun increases the chance of suicide, the third leading cause of death among people 15-34 years old.
Death rates for 15-19 year olds have jumped 61% and gun-related homicides are the second leading cause of death in this age group.
Steps To Safety
Store all firearms out of children's reach and in a locked cabinet or drawer.
Store ammunition in a separate locked cabinet.
Treat all guns and firearms, including pellet guns, as if they are loaded.
Tell children to never touch a gun.
Keep the gun unloaded. Never leave a bullet in a stored gun.
Always keep the gun's safety on, even if it is unloaded.
Do not keep firearms in the home if someone has a history of depression or thoughts of suicide.
Teach gun safety in the home.
All gun owners and their children should take a gun safety course.
Teach your child the difference between a toy gun and a real gun
Safety lessons that explain the rules for gun safety should be done openly with time for the child to ask questions.