Firearms and families – as American as apple pie, right? A new study from Vanderbilt pediatrician Dr. Shari Barkin has found that only 1/3 of firearm-owning Americans with children store their weapons safely. Barkin found that many owners of weapons such as rifles “hide” them, a risky approach – any parent whose ever had Santa’s identity revealed prematurely knows how ineffective hiding things from kids is.
“What we know is that having a gun stored in an unsafe manner increases the risk of injury or death. We also know that injuries and death are reduced if the gun is stored locked, unloaded and with the ammunition stored separately and locked as well,” Barkin said.
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