So how would your child react if they were to encounter a firearm without your supervision? Would they know what to do?
According to Save the Guns Report on Youth Firearm Safety, in the United States, about 1 child per week dies from mishandling a loaded firearm in the age five to fourteen year-old group. Regardless of whether or not your family has firearms in the house, it’s important that children become familiar with the rules of firearm safety.
If you have made the decision to bring a gun into a home with a child (as many of our readers have), you have a responsibility to teach them about firearms. As Save the Guns said, “It is a far better thing to gun-proof a child, than it is to child-proof a gun.”
For those who don’t own a gun- The U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found that over half of parents who don’t own a gun have never talked with their children about gun safety. Watch National Shooting Sports Foundation’s video featuring shooting champion Julie Golob to find out how to have this important conversation, and encourage your children to sign the Child’s Pledge. As Julie states, “Just because kids aren’t asking about firearm safety, doesn’t mean they don’t have questions.” If they aren’t learning it from you, they’re going to learn it from someone else.
For more information on firearm safety for youth, visit NRA’s youth site here.