Store guns securely, ammunition separately

JSSP Letter to Editor

By Cheryl Biller | Fargo, N.D.

Martha Wheeler | Moorhead, Minn.

During this stressful time of a pandemic, we are protecting our children and families by sheltering at home. When children are home, there are extra protections we should consider: 13 million households with children contain at least one firearm, and many are not stored safely; 4.6 million children live in a home with at least one loaded, unlocked gun; 1,500 American children are killed with guns annually, by homicide, suicide and unintentional shootings. There are simple steps we can take to keep kids safer.

All guns in homes and vehicles need to be secured with cable locks, in lockboxes or gun safes, with ammunition stored separately. A study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that children usually know where guns are kept at home. So, hiding rather than locking a gun is not a safe, secure choice. Parents and caregivers are responsible for keeping guns away from kids in order to prevent tragedy.

We must recognize the role of guns in suicide, especially at this traumatic time. Children can be impulsive. Easy access to a gun can mean the difference between life and death. Most people who attempt suicide do not die unless they use a gun: 85% of suicide attempts by gun end in death. Suicide among people of all ages is at an all-time high.


Shelter your children by storing guns unloaded and locked. For more information, visit . Learn more about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America at .

Biller and Wheeler represent the 13 people who sent this letter on behalf of Fargo-Moorhead Moms Demand Action, which works for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.

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