This is how you keep kids safe around guns

The man said his family was eating at the Mexicasa Restaurant & Grill in Harrisburg Saturday night when the [5-year-old] girl went into the restroom. She came back out and told her mom that there was a gun in the restroom stall.

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“I just knew by the panic in her voice, something was wrong,” Jennifer Sarris said.

The mother told WBTV her family openly talks with their three children about gun safety.

“We make them understand, bad things can happen when you play with it like a toy, because it’s not a toy,” Jennifer Sarris said.

Full story. (h/t Kathy Jackson)

This is fundamental gun safety for children.

You talk with your children about the realities. You don’t leave it up to movies, or political agendas, or people who think they know but truly have no clue (see: political agendas). You talk with your children.

It’s like anything in life: education is key; ignorance is what leads to problems.

This little girl did the right thing:

  1. Stop
  2. Don’t touch
  3. Leave the area
  4. Tell an adult

That’s the mantra of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. I don’t know if this family used that program, but in the end the child had the proper education. It’s a shame tho that people refuse to teach that simple mantra to children – perhaps because the program comes from the NRA, and some just think everything the NRA does is evil. It’s a pity their biases keep them – and their children – ignorant.

You are welcome to hate guns all you want. But the simple reality is they exist. Until you’ve succeeded in truly wiping them off the planet, there’s a chance your child could encounter one. Keeping your child ignorant will not keep them safe. Teaching your child a simple 4-step process will.

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3 thoughts on “This is how you keep kids safe around guns

  1. We teach our children to look both ways when crossing a street, we teach them to not talk to strangers too… You’d think teaching a child about guns would be a no-brainer.

    It’s a shame the NRA has to be the whipping boy of the mainstream media. The Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program is a fantastic vehicle to educate children about what to do if they encounter a firearm.

    • In the past I did some Eddie Eagle stuff. I recall some parents explicitly keeping their children away from the program that night, even after I had fully previewed all the material with the parents.

      Go figure.

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