Every day children in the US are killed by guns. For every child killed by a gun, 4 are injured. Guns are in 43% of US households. If you have children, gun safety is very important. If you are a parent, there are things that you can do to protect your children and other children from guns.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the best way to keep your children safe from injury or death from guns is to not have a gun in the home. Over half of all accidental shootings involve a child or teenager. However, just because you do not have guns in your home does not mean that your children are safe from the dangers of guns.
Although statistics show that gun violence is actually decreasing, one in five teenage boys admits to taking a weapon to school with him at least once in the past year. Almost half of all high school students said they could get a gun if they wanted to. If you have teenagers, it is critical to have discussions with them about guns. Go over practical safety tips with them. Don't be misguided into thinking that not talking about it means there isn't a problem.
There truly are no "safe" neighborhoods. The reality is that your child, at some point, will probably come in contact with a gun. It is very important for your child to know how to be safe around guns. Teaching children about guns can be life-saving information they will carry into adulthood.