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12. What about children and firearms?




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This article is from the can.talk.guns FAQ, by Skeeter Abell-Smith ab133@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca with numerous contributions by others.

12. What about children and firearms?

All of those child-killed-another-child "accidental" deaths could have
been prevented with firearms safety instructions and by putting a $4
padlock between the trigger and the trigger guard. I have not been able
to find a single example of a child getting a hold of a locked firearm,
unlocking it, loading it, firing it and hurting or killing anyone,
including himself.

Most of the time, when a child "finds" a gun and has an "accident", the
firearm has been hidden from the kid. She has never been taught firearm
safety and the gun is an item about which the youngster is curious. If
your child wants to "try your gun", please take her to a range and make
sure she gets proper instruction. Deal with the curiosity and you could
save a life.

If we are going to ban guns to protect kids, then we should first ban
bicycles and balloons** since each kills many times more kids each
year.

**for those under 1 year, balloons are the main choking hazard

For safety issues you could try the misc.kids
"Firearm Safety & Children" FAQ list at:
[73]http://www.familyweb.com/faqs/FirearmsSafety.shtml

 

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