Home » Gun Safety

Parents watch an important message about gun safety.

Guns are a leading cause of injury and death of children. Nnearly 220 children ages 14 and under die from unintentional firearm injuries each year. An estimated 3600 children are hospitalized from unintentional gunshot wounds and an additional 15,000 receive medical treatment.

  • Always assume that a gun is loaded
  • Never point a gun at another person
  • A gun is not a toy
  • Do not show off guns to friends or schoolmates
  • Do not tell friends or schoolmates if a gun is in your house

If you find a strange gun , do not pick it up. Contact an adult or police officer as soon as possible. When possible, keep other children away from the gun. Do not make any guesses about a "found" weapon." A gun is not a toy. Do not treat it like one. Do not take a gun from its place. A gun is not a status symbol, or indicator of strength. Do not use it as one. Guns are capable of bodily injury and possibly death if misused. Lives depend on you following these rules! Do the right thing!

To protect our children, we childproof our homes and make sure that dangerous chemicals, prescription drugs, and sharp objects are locked away. We tell our children that they should not talk to strangers or spend time with kids who are breaking the law or taking drugs. The same steps must be taken to keep children from handgun violence. There's an estimated 200 million firearms in U.S. homes. Only 39% of these homes keep their firearms locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition. Unrealistic perceptions of children's capabilities and behavioral tendencies towards guns are common; misunderstanding a child's ability to gain access to and fire a gun, distinguishing between real and toy guns, making good judgments about handling a gun, consistently following rules about gun safety.