According to National Statistics, 40 percent of American homes with children have some form of gun or firearm in their home. In addition, the research also indicates that in one in four or 25 percent of those homes the guns are loaded; due to the large number of unregistered firearms, this number is probably on the low side. Although it is a person’s right to own firearms for personal safety, many parents forget to take the necessary steps to ensure gun safety in their home.
For example, in Orange Park (Clay County), Florida, an 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head while handling a rifle at home. The incident occurred at the 400 block of Kevin Drive. According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Seth Laster and another young family member were handling the rifle in a bedroom when the gun accidently discharged and struck him in the head. A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, Mary Justino, said that the boy was treated for gun-related personal injuries at Shands Jacksonville Hospital. Justino suspected that the shooting was accidental.
The reality is that guns can seriously harm, if not kill a child. Therefore, parents need to make sure that they are taking every safety precaution to protect their children from the same devices they use to protect themselves. Parents should store their guns safely and appropriately, and talk with their children about firearm safety. For more information on this topic, see 11-year-old Clay boy critically injured in apparent accidental shooting.