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Guns and Your Family

By on April 21, 2012 in Prevention with 0 Comments

Why are measures of gun safety important?

We’ve all heard stories about children who are accidentally killed by guns at home or the homes of his friends. These tragedies can be prevented by following a few simple safety rules.

Most parents know that electrical outlets should be covered and other cleaning agents and poisons should be kept out of reach of children. Despite this, most children under ten are killed by guns than by poison or electrocution. The gunshot wounds are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of fatal injury in children. This means that measures of gun safety in your home is as important as using seat belts and child seats in cars.

What can I do to protect my family from gun injury?

If you have a gun in your home, it should be kept out of reach of children and their friends. The gun must also be kept safe from family members who are depressed, who are abusive to others or who abuse drugs including alcohol or who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Children are naturally curious and like to explore. If you have a gun in your home, keep it unloaded and locked, separated from the bullets and the key is found only where it should be available to responsible adults. Teach your children what to do if they find a gun, even if they are not sure if it’s true or if it is a toy. Teach them to remember these words: Stop! Do not touch that! Out of here! Tell an adult!

Before your child visits the home of a friend or a sitter, ask the parents in that house if they have a gun in the house, and if so, whether the gun is unloaded and locked away.

Teenagers often act without thinking first. When teens are angry or depressed, they are more likely to kill or harm themselves if they can easily get a gun. It is best not to have a gun in your home, if possible, if someone who lives there is depressed, thinking about suicide or troubled.

Are there other ways you can keep violence out of my family life?

Children learn how to behave by watching and doing what adults around them do. It’s better for parents to talk peacefully in the home, to solve problems by talking to them instead of anger or physical violence and treat everyone with respect.

Parents who want to raise peaceful children may also choose not to let their children watch violent TV shows or watch video programs that involve a player hurting another or play with toys that pretend weapons.

Children who watch violent television programs and playing violent video games are more likely to use violent behavior as a model. Children who watch violent movies or many programs on television may still have trouble understanding that violence in real life actually hurts people.

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