Friday, January 8, 2016

Do the Parents of Your Children's Friends Have Guns at Home?

Dede Donahue has made it a habit of asking parents when arranging a play date, "Do you keep guns in your house?" Authorities say that parents don’t believe that their children know where their guns are hidden, but a recent study says that eight in ten first graders know where their parents hide their guns.

Ms. Donahue describes one friend, Melanie, who lived around the corner, who confessed that her husband kept a gun. Melanie walked into the bedroom to find her two-year-old son Jack with the gun in his lap he had retrieved from the bedside table. Later Jack found the gun in a box hidden in a closet.
According to this Washington Post article, nearly 1,500 children die from shootings each year.

Are your children safe in a home where parents or guardians don't keep their guns locked up and away from children?

A reporter from the Washington Post found evidence of 43 times a toddler shot another person or her or himself during the first 10 months of 2015.