The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has launched a new and very important safety campaign designed to protect children from firearms.
According to information gathered by the RAND Corporation, it’s estimated approximately 1.4 million homes in the United States have firearms that are improperly stored and accessible to children. Most responsible firearms owners understand the importance of assuring firearms do not end up in the hands of a child or thief. Every so often we hear about a tragedy though, so gun owners are urged to “Lock It Up.”
The NCPC campaign centers on the importance that gun ownership comes with rights and responsibilities as well as dialogue between children and adults. There is no simple answer or solution to the problems associated with gun violence but this program is hopefully a start. In addition to proper storage, gun owners are urged to report a lost or stolen gun immediately. The NCPC does not intend to infringe on the Constitutional rights to own firearms but to promote the proper handling of them.
There are several options available for gun owners, including a trigger lock, cable lock, storage cases, a lock box or gun safe. Owners are urged to use a lock on the trigger and to keep the gun in a locked container. Ammunition should also be stored separately from the guns. A series of public safety announcements, utilizing television, radio and print will be used to deliver the message.
When it comes to gun safety and children, communication with adults is crucial. Although you don’t want to scare your child, you must assure that he or she knows the dangers of guns, even if you are not a gun owner. It is possible they may find a gun in a public place or encounter one at a friend’s home. Keep it simple by using these tips, which the NRA provides: