The Dangers of Guns

The Dangers of Guns

More than 8 million children in the United States live in homes with at least one unlocked gun, according to the April 2000 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Over 2.5 million of these children live where firearms are stored unlocked and loaded, or unlocked and unloaded but with ammunition kept nearby. More than 1/3 of households with children have at least one firearm.

I’d love to see guns out of these homes, but if they must be present, the least parents should do is use trigger locks, gun safes, or smart guns. Many parents don’t understand that kids as young as 3 can (and do) lethally fire a gun.

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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