My Turn: Unsecured guns can turn play date into tragedy
A Stratham middle school student recently brought a loaded gun to school. The school went into lockdown, and parents were notified. Thankfully, the loaded gun was not discharged – this time.
Unfortunately, this scenario plays out all too often in our society. Children kill other children because an irresponsible adult left a gun improperly secured.
I am a New Hampshire mom who is advocating for gun safety. I am outraged that this child had such easy access to a loaded firearm and brought it into the school.
In New Hampshire, we have a law that requires adults to keep guns stored safely and away from innocent children. We don’t know what went wrong in this case. Hopefully, a thorough investigation will provide answers.
As parents, we are not helpless.
There are things we can do to protect our children and grandchildren: Educate yourselves, friends and neighbors about the proper storage of guns.
They need to be locked up and the ammunition locked up in a separate location.
With 48 percent of New Hampshire homes having a firearm, the chances are very good that your child plays at a home where there is a gun. This is not a problem if the gun is properly secured, but it is a tragedy waiting to happen if it is not.
Always ask if there is an unlocked gun at a place where you child may be playing. Need some suggestions on how to broach this subject?
I urge you to go online and visit AskingSavesKids.org. They have great advice.
You wouldn’t let your child ride in a car with a drunken driver, so why would you let your child play in a home with an unlocked gun?
(Pamela Faltin lives in Durham.)