Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Kids and guns are usually a dangerous combination. I do not advocate getting rid of guns altogether, but if you feel you don't need a gun, its best not to have one. Consider the following statistics: According to the National Association for Gun Safety, a child dies as a result of a gun discharge approximately every three hours. According to research conducted by Dr. Arthur Kellerman, a leading expert in handgun technology, only 50 percent of children ages 8-12 can tell the difference between a real gun and a toy gun. If you choose to keep a gun in your home, take the proper precautions: KEEP THE GUN IN A LOCKED SAFE OR LOCKBOX.
The safest place to keep a gun is in a locked gun cabinet or a home safe. BUY THE BEST TRIGGER LOCK AVAILABLE FOR YOUR GUN. A trigger lock, or gunlock, is a device which encloses the gun's trigger so that the trigger cannot be pulled and thus the bullet will not fire. United laboratories has tested and rated several that appear very good. If it looks inexpensive, do not buy it. If the lock appears to be made of plastic, do not buy it. Remember, not all trigger locks fit all guns - there are many guns that can still be fired and access to the trigger accomplished even when the gun lock is firmly locked. Also, make sure the gunlock has a key lock or combination lock; all other methods have been shown to fail. CHECK FRIENDS' AND NEIGHBORS' HOMES FOR GUN SAFETY. Your child is equally at risk in the homes of friends and relatives who have guns. Make sure your child is safe away from home. Teach your child the dangers of guns, and ask friends and families to lock the guns away when children are visiting. Don Keenan, child advocate and founder of the Keenan's Kids Foundation, has published a book on child safety titled, 365 Ways to Keep Kids Safe, which is available at www.balloonpress.com or at www.amazon.com. All proceeds benefit the Keenan's Kids Foundation.