1 February 2020 – there have been at least 4 children hurt or killed in gun accidents in their family homes in the last week. All of these were wholly avoidable.
An Indiana father ‘play wrestled’ with his toddler while wearing a gun- that child is dead.
A nine-year-old in Brigham City, Utah was shot in the head after finding a grandparent’s weapon. Police in this case have issued guidelines which we will share on social media and help raise awareness.
As any member of the gun-owning ‘well-regulated militia’ is supposed to know, to prevent these accidents all guns in a home should be unloaded, in a safe, and that guns and ammo must be stored separately.
Brigham City, Utah, police said:
“If you don’t have a safe then you can get what’s called a trigger lock that you put a lock on the trigger of the gun,” said Crapse. “You can buy those when you buy the gun, they are cheap. Or most police departments, you can go to the police department and get those trigger locks. We give them away for free.”
The ‘good guys with guns’ who think a lethal weapon will make them safer, despite all the evidence to the contrary, keep ignoring basic safety measures, and their children are paying for these unforgivable lapses with their lives.
Police would like gun owners to discuss how dangerous guns are with their children, and to tell children to tell an adult immediately if they find a gun.
This time, please just share the message below on your own social media or discuss with your friends the following message, personalized to your liking – or just share this link for the message; it’s fast and easy:
American gun owners are still not getting the message that guns and children do not mix. In the last week, at least four children were injured by finding loaded guns – guns which legally should never have been left lying around where children were able to get them.
Police in Utah where a 9 year-old was shot in the head reinforced that all guns in a home should be unloaded, in a safe, and be sure to store the guns and ammo separately.
They said “If you don’t have a safe then you can get what’s called a trigger lock that you put a lock on the trigger of the gun,” said Crapse. “You can buy those when you buy the gun, they are cheap. Or most police departments, you can go to the police department and get those trigger locks. We give them away for free.”
The words don’t seem to get through, so here is a picture of 4 year-old Tripp Shaw from Indiana and his parents.
His dad was wrestling with Tripp when his gun went off, killing him. You won’t ever be seeing a picture of Tripp at age 5.
He’ll never grow up to be a doctor, a football hero, an artist.
The parents will live with this the rest of their lives. Please, if you must have a gun, get a lock for it, keep it unloaded, and keep it in a place children won’t be near it. Discuss how dangerous guns are with children who live under a roof where guns are kept. Better yet, just don’t have a lethal weapon in the same home as children. Don’t let your child, your friend’s child be the next Tripp Shaw.
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