Importance Of Gun Safety

Officials say an unlocked gun on Monday led to the tragic death of a three year-old boy in Onslow County--after the toddler shot himself in the face with his father's gun. That tragedy brings up the issue of gun safety.

Over 500 kids are killed each year due to guns in the home. That startling number led to a study last year conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which found that 1.7 million children across America live in homes with loaded or unlocked guns.

Those statistics are one of the reasons why Buddy Blake of Ayden--is so adamant about spreading the message of gun education. Blake is the father of an 11 year-old and an avid gun collector who teaches a gun safety course once a month.

It is a law in North Carolina that a gun owner must keep their firearm out of reach from minors.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    My girls learned to shoot BBs when they were 5-6 yrs old. Graduated to a .22 at about 10-11 yrs old, and with in a couple more years were shooting a .243. They learned their gun safety well and at 40 and 44 still remember that safety comes first. Now I teach my grandchildren when they come for a visit. Gun safety is nothing more than common sense. I know the father of this child has more grief than he can handle, but he does need to be charged. There is no such thing as an accident with a gun, unless the gun malfunctions.
  • by KMJ Location: Lenoir Co on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    My husband is a deputy and we have guns either locked up or unloaded in our home. Our daughter who is 5 has seen what a gun can do to a deer. I have explained and used this story to reinforce this issue about guns. Sincerely to the family, I am so sorry.
  • by mother of 2 Location: NC on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    My husband is a cop and he keeps his weapons out of reach of our children. I also carry and mine is always out of reach and if not on my body, then the trigger lock is on. Whether your child is 1 or 18, I do believe children should be taught what guns are and that they are NOT a toy.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:01 AM
    This is a tradgedy for sure and this family will suffer for a lond time. But as an NRA Life member and former firearms dealer and instructor for over 25 years I can say there is no excuse for this. Police officer or not the parents should be charged with violation of state law in regard to storage of a firearm.
  • by Mary Location: NC on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:59 PM
    The toddler shot himself in the face with his father's gun. Where was Father?
  • by Attorney Location: NC on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:44 PM
    It is a law in North Carolina that a gun owner must keep their firearm out of reach from minors. Does that mean unless you are a Cop?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM
    The gun safety report was good of course, but unfortunately a little too late. I can't imagine what the Lewis family is going through, but a mental lapse will now last a lifetime of mental torture I'm sure. Easy to say in hindsight...but, we all should slow down and be more aware of what we're doing at all times in every aspect of life. Consequences of our actions are real.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:47 PM
    I truly hope this was a complete accident and that God will help all of them through this process. Please mama's and daddy's lock your guns up. It only takes a second of a moment to loose a precious life such as our kids. My heart goes out to this family in such a time.

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