Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: January 27, 2015
Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson [at] bradymail [dot] org
Washington, DC – We join the family and friends mourning 13-year-old Suhayb Hassan of Eagan, Minnesota, who died on January 25 while he and his older brother played cops-and-robbers with their father’s gun. Suhayb’s tragic and preventable death is part of an American horror story where each day, seven children – mostly boys – are killed by guns.
1.7 million children nationwide live with unlocked, loaded guns. Parents are often unaware of their children’s interest in guns and are unable to predict how their children will behave around guns. The majority of people killed in firearm accidents are under age 24, and most of these young people are being shot by someone else, usually around their own age. The shooter is typically a friend or family member.
The easiest and first place prevention can occur is at home, in conversations between spouses, neighbors, and at our pediatricians’ offices. After weighing the risks and benefits of having a gun in the home – just like we do about other risky, dangerous items – parents and caregivers can make sure the gun is stored unloaded and locked, and ensure that the ammunition is stored separately. Parents – gun owners or not – need to understand the risks of having a gun in the home and take a simple step to keep their children safe from guns: ask if there’s an unlocked gun where your child plays. We urge you to ask about guns in the home before a tragedy occurs. To learn how to ask, visit www.askingsaveskids.org
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