Guns are a hot topic in our country. That’s fine. Something, however, that I feel often gets lost in the conversation are some of those ‘simple’ and ‘common sense’ things we can do to help reduce accidental deaths by guns.
Hundreds of children are affected each year by accidental or unintentional gun violence that could easily be reduced by following a few simple steps. I had this infographic produced to help highlight these simple steps as well as create awareness for some of the statistics surrounding the issue.
I feel this is a very important topic to cover. My interest was sparked a few months ago when a woman I work with was telling me about a firearm she keeps on her bedside stand at all times. The pistol, she told me, is always loaded and ready for action. I asked her if she is concerned about her three year old daughter finding the gun and getting hurt with it. To that question, she replied adamantly that her daughter would never do that because she knows better.
Having three kids of my own, this response surprised me. I wouldn’t leave unattended chocolate anywhere near them regardless of what they know or don’t know because they are children. However, I thought, I don’t know much about children and guns either, so I figured I would get to researching.
That exchange got me wondering how many more people feel that way and what the results of those feelings are.
A few notable things I found in my research:
- While there are a lot of children, around 1.7 million, who are in situations that have the potential for an incident, relatively few incidents occur.
- A large portion of the population feel that having an unsecured firearm in the presence of children is totally fine because the children “know better.”
- The topic of guns, even when talking about them in the context of trying to help reduce injuries in children, is volatile.
I write quite a bit more on the topic, as well as posted the original infographic, here on a post I wrote about gun safety for kids.