Every day, nine children in the United States are either injured or killed because of an unsafely stored gun. In the U.S., 1.7 million children live in homes where guns are loaded or not stored correctly. In Durham in 2014, a 5-month-old girl was injured and a 9-year-old boy was killed in accidental shootings.
The Durham County Department of Public Health earlier this week tackled the issue by staging a gun-safety event. Parents and grandparents attended, some bringing children to teach them about firearms. “Kids see guns on TV shows, and somebody gets shot; then they stand up and walk away, which is not realistic,” said Addi Hernandez, who has a 7-year-old son.
The takeaway for those attending seemed to hit the mark: “I would just run out of the house!” Anthony Caviness, 5, said when asked what he would do if he saw a gun. “Learning about gun safety is good!”
Anthony is spot-on. Thanks to the Health Department and others for staging this week’s event. We salute you with this week’s Grit Award.