Parents: Are You Asking About Guns?
Do you have pets? Billy’s terrified of dogs. Please don’t let him have anything with peanuts—he’s allergic. And, is there a fence around your pool?
As a parent, you have no problem covering the basics when you send your child to a friend’s house to play. But if you’re not asking about guns, you could be making a deadly mistake.
One in three households with children contains at least one firearm, according to the Pew Research Center, and many of those firearms are left loaded and accessible to kids. According to research from Everytown for Gun Safety, seven children under the age of 19 are killed with guns every day. One unintentional shooting of a child happens every 34 hours.
“If you look at the statistics, the most likely things a gun will do are nothing, or cause harm to yourself or someone in your family,” says Melanie Blow, chief operations officer of the Stop Abuse Campaign. “Having a gun in the house is very dangerous, particularly for children.”
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