TEACH CHILDREN HOW TO BE SAFE! There are almost as many guns in the U.S. as there are people!

GUNS ARE A PART OF OUR SOCIETY EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW about gun safety. Even if you do not own a gun, many others, including neighbors, friends and relatives may have guns.

Children should know:

Gun safety starts by knowing that:

FOLLOW BASIC RULES OF GUN SAFETY. If you have a gun at home, store it properly. A properly stored gun is one that is:

GUNS THAT CANNOT BE LOCKED AWAY SHOULD BE STORED UNLOADED WITH A TRIGGER LOCK IN PLACE.

GET THE PROPER SAFETY TRAINING. Make sure you are trained in the proper care, handling and use of any weapon you own.If your children have your permission to handle a gun, make sure they:

OBEY ALL GUN LAWS
State laws vary widely. Know the specific laws in your area.
The specifics may cover:
Kids are never too young to learn the following lessons: GUNS KILL!! Explain the physical harm guns can cause. Tell them that handling guns can lead to:
TELEVISION VIOLENCE IS NOT REAL. Explain media entertainment is pretend. Discuss the fact that actors walk away after a scene involving guns and shooting. People in real life do not.
Explain how to stay safe:
  1. Never touch any gun or bullets. They are not toys. They are not to be touched in any way. Assume all guns are loaded and ready to fire.
  2. Leave at once if a gun or bullets are present. If your children see a gun at home, at a friend's or relative's house or school, tell them to get away fast. Go to the nearest safe place, another room, another home, a familiar business, etc.
  3. Tell an adult. Tell a parent, teacher, law enforcement officer or other adult right away.
As children grow, they need additional gun-safety information. Older children should know about:

Constructive conflict resolution - Children need skills to handle problems, peer pressure and disagreements without violence.

Mediation - This is a form of conflict resolution that involves the help of a third party.

Anti-violence programs - Encourage your child to participate in community and school based programs.

Teach healthy ways to deal with their feelings. Help your child learn to: Any person showing these signs for more than a few days needs help. Get help immediately if your child has thoughts of suicide.
Stay away from alcohol and other drugs, they are major contributors to teen violence and suicide. Be sure to:

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