Sunday, November 1, 2009
Preventing Children From Access to Hand Guns
Recently another child (this time a 3 yr old) accidently shot himself in the face with a hand gun while in the care and custody of a family member. See, e.g., http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,570950,00.html. Some people believe that the answer to this problem is by using gun locks. However, there are a number of ways that people (including children) can disable a gun lock. Guns should be made inaccessible to children. That means locking them in a safe and/or gun cabinent. Gun locks alone have proven to fail especially given the number of videos on the internet demonstrating children disabling gun locks.
The best way to protect children from self-inflicted wounds from a firearm or by wounds caused by other children with a firearm is to prevent the children from having access to a weapon in the first place. There are a number of products available such as gun safes for rifles and handguns that are economical. I'm not endorsing any particular product, however, you can research these products vis a vis Google simply by searching "gun safes." The safest way to prevent children from being harmed by a hand gun in your home is not to have one in the first place. However, if you choose to purchase a weapon, you should take responsibility and take all necessary precautions to prevent children from access to any and all firearms by purchasing a reliable gun safe. Gunlocks alone have been proven unreliable since children and others have access to information as to how to disable a gun lock. Gun safes are better suited to prevent children from accessing a weapon.
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