With over 280 million guns in civilian hands, the terrible truth is that there is no place to hide from gun violence. Children and teens are not safe from gun violence at school, at home, or anywhere else in America. With children in the home we should properly store firearms and ammunition. A cable-style gun locking device and preventing easy accessibility from children is a safe solution.
It is vital that we recognize the risk to children of unsupervised access to guns and understand that there are common sense steps that we must take to protect our children.He then goes on to describe a nationwide street mural project to bring attention to the issue, continued from and effort back in 1992.
He ends with some very relevant statistics. Below are three of them:
- Children and teens killed by firearms are more likely to be boys (90 percent). Boys ages 15 to 19 are almost 10 times as likely as girls that age to commit suicide with a firearm.
- The majority of gun violence deaths among children since 1990 have been homicides, while nearly one-third have been suicides.
- There are no federal laws that prevent child access to guns.