Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
ST PAUL WOMAN CHARGED AFTER CHILD BRINGS, SHOOTS GUN IN SCHOOL
WASHINGTON - Brady Campaign president Dan Gross issued a statement after a St. Paul woman was charged for leaving her loaded gun accessible to her first-grade nephew. The child found the gun in an unlocked drawer and took it to school, where another student fired it, nearly shooting himself in the foot.
Gross said, "Luck is the only thing that kept this story from ending in irreparable tragedy. The fact is, stories like these unfold every day and they don't always end with a near miss. Nearly fifty children and teens are shot every day, most often with a parent or relative's gun. And more than two-thirds of all school shooters get their guns from the home. Keeping kids safe in school starts with responsible, and informed, gun ownership at home. Lives depend on it.
"As a nation we desperately need to have a real conversation about the risks of guns in the home. Every day, tragedies play out across our country because kids find and use guns their parents or relatives brought into the home for protection - buying into the lethal gun lobby lie that that gun would make them and theirs safer. But hardly ever are these guns actually used in defense of self or others. Instead, suicides, accidents, and crimes of passion take lives, young and old, on a daily basis. Despite overwhelming evidence and the constant hum of daily tragedy, 63 percent of Americans still believe the disproven myth that a gun somehow makes their home safer. Behold the killing power of deceptive advertising. As gun sales continue to climb, this national conversation cannot wait.
"There is so much responsible parents, guardians, and gun owners can do to keep kids safe. While the safest home is undeniably one without a gun, gun owners should ensure any firearm under their roof is locked away with ammunition stored separately. Kids are curious and can get into just about anything. And especially now, during the holiday season, they're counting on us to keep them safe."
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.