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Firearms Injury Prevention

Firearms

There about 192 million firearms that are owned in the United States and 65 million of those are handguns. Research shows that guns kept in the homes are a serious risk to families and their loved ones. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Guns kept in the home are 43 times more likely to kill someone known to the family than to kill someone in self-defense.
  • Triples the risk of homicide.
  • The risk of suicide increases to 5 times more likely if the gun is kept in the home.

Advice to All Parents

  • To keep children safe from injury or death is to never keep a gun at home.
  • Do not purchase any type of gun, especially a handgun.
  • Remove all guns currently in the home.
  • Talk to children about the dangers of guns.
  • Tell your children to always stay away from guns.
  • Find out the location of all guns in the homes where your children play. If there are guns present in other homes where your children play, then talk to the adults in the house about the dangers of owning a gun.

For Those Who Keep a Gun in the Home

  • Be aware of the dangers of owning a gun.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded and locked up at all times.
  • Lock and store the bullets in a separate place.
  • Make sure to hide the keys to the locked boxes.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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