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2nd Amendment Parents Agree: It is NEVER too early to start with safety!
Teaching kids firearm safety at a young age is important because:
- Learning early helps prevent curiosity and interest in firearms
- When taught young, basic safety principles leave lasting – and often life-saving – results
To Parents: There are about 300 million firearms in the U.S., so even if you do not own a gun, there’s a good chance your children will encounter one someday. Some of your children’s friends might live in homes with guns, or they may find one that has been discarded.
One-third of all families in America that have children also have guns, and more than 40% of them don’t keep their guns locked up. Nearly two-thirds of firearm-owning parents with school-age children believe they keep their firearm safely away from their children. However, one study found that when a gun was in the home, 75%-80% of first and second-graders knew where it was kept. Few children under the age of 8 can reliably distinguish between a real gun or toy gun, or fully understand the consequences of their actions.
The number one safety tip for kids and children is to talk to them about guns. Teach children the difference between real, make-believe and toy guns. Tell your children to stay away from guns, and talk to their friends’ parents about gun safety in homes your children visit.