Gun violence affects every community in the country. I sat down with Army & Afghanistan Veteran, Logan Nance, to talk about gun violence, firearm safety & education and how we all can keep our homes safer as firearm owners.
Through community discussion, Conversations that Matter promoted Firearm Safety & Education and the Brady Center's ASK program in the Summer of 2018. ASK encourages parents to ASK: "Is there an unlocked gun in your house?" before allowing your child to play in the homes of family and friends.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence research informs us on many firearm statistics:
1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns - 1 out of 3 homes with kids have guns.
In 2015, 2,824 children (age 0-19 years) died by gunshot and an additional 13,723 were injured.
Among children, the majority (89%) of unintentional shooting deaths occur in the home. Most of the deaths occur when children are playing with a loaded gun in their parent's absence.
80% of unintentional firearm deaths of kids under 15 occur in a home.
We can change these statistics and make our homes safer by locking our firearms in a gun safe. it only takes a child a few seconds to let their curiosity get the best of them and tragedy could be just a second away.
Here are more measures we can take to make our homes safer according to my guest and Army Veteran, Logan Nance.
10 Tips for Firearm Safety in the Home
1. Ensure that everyone in your home is educated about firearm safety and the inherent dangers of firearm ownership.
2. Keep firearms locked in a gun safe or cabinet.
3. Keep firearms unloaded when stored.
4. Keep ammunition stored separately from the firearm.
5. Always assume a firearm is loaded.
6. Use gun locks to prevent children from using the weapon.
7. Maintain proper trigger discipline. Only touch the trigger when planning to fire.
8. Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction: be aware of the possibility of accidental discharge.
9. Always properly clean and promptly store your firearm after use.
10. ASK: "Is there an unlocked gun in your house?" before sending your child over to play at a family or friend's house.