Child Is On the Move: Reduce the Risk of Gun Injury
There is a clear correlation between childhood injuries and deaths
due to firearms and the presence of a handgun in the home,
particularly when the gun is stored loaded and unlocked. Parents
who keep loaded handguns in the home often do so hoping to
defend themselves against criminals. Sadly, however, these weapons
are more likely to be used in the following ways:
Although numerous educational programs have sought to teach gun safety to children,
these programs fail to alter a child's behavior when it matters. A
child's curiosity about a gun will overwhelm any safety lesson learned
about the danger of a gun.
- Unintentionally by a child or an adult who mistakes a friend
or family member for an intruder.
- In intimate partner violence.
This brochure is designed for parents of children as young as 6 months
old, when pediatricians typically discuss other household hazards;
however, it is written so that practices may choose a different age
for distribution. It focuses on child development and provides parents
with information needed to make informed decisions. It does not contain
any information about regulatory issues or legal arguments concerning
the Second Amendment.
How to Use This Tool
- Discuss handguns in the context of other common household hazards,
including medications, cleaning products, and garden supplies.
- Be aware that parents may not agree on the presence of a gun
in the home. For example, if a child's mother indicates that she
agrees with you, but her husband likes to have a gun in the home,
suggest that she ask him to look at the brochure so that he can
make an informed decision.
- In areas of the country with high gun ownership rates, some
practices offer free or reduced price gun locks.
- Be especially aware of the potential lethality of domestic
violence in homes with handguns.
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