Parents, grandparents and other childcare givers go to great lengths daily to keep their children and teens safe. We cover the electrical outlets, use cupboard locks, strap our kids into car seats, and insist on them wearing their bike helmets. But how can we keep our kids safe from loaded guns? You might say, “Oh, I don’t have guns in my home,” or “I lock my weapons and store the ammo separately.”
Great! But, do your relatives and friends do the same? Have you asked about weapons in homes where your children play, or in a car where they ride? If not, don’t be afraid to ask. You may save the life of your child or teenager. Children are curious. Teens are volatile.
Ask your relatives and friends about weapons in their home. This could prevent an unintentional tragedy or suicide. You don’t have to join a social movement; just like you when you place your child in a car seat to keep them safe, ask about weapons.
Patricia L. Slabach