On June 4, 2013, 13-year-old Brooklynn Mae Mohler was playing at a friend’s house. Unbeknownst to Brooklynn, this friend had obtained her father’s gun from an unlocked kitchen cabinet. She pointed it at Brooklynn’s back, pulled the trigger, and fired a single bullet. This 13-year-old girl died senselessly as a result of this child’s access to an unsecured weapon..
To make sense of this horror, Brooklynn’s parents started the Brooklynn Mae Mohler Foundation (“Justice for Brooklynn”), which advocates for responsible gun ownership. In memory of their daughter, they also initiated National SAFE Day on June 4 to mark their daughter’s death. “SAFE” is an acronym for:
- S– Secure all firearms in the home
- A – Ask the question about unsecured firearms in the homes your child visits
- F – Frequently talk to your children about the dangers of firearms
- E – Educate and Empower others to be SAFE
Keep Your Children “SAFE”
In the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, the teen shooter used his father’s guns. Had these firearms been better secured, the event may have been prevented. This serves as an absolute worst-case scenario for gun-owning parents. If you are a parent who owns or has access to firearms, take this occasion to think about how to safely secure your weapons so that your children can NEVER access them on their own.
- Invest in an appropriate safe or case, depending on the type of firearm and its purpose. There are advanced biometric cases and safes that only open for your handprint.
- Keep your firearms unloaded, with the ammunition and firearm separately locked.
- Don’t get complacent. If you own expensive safety measures, such as a safe or case, then be sure to properly use them and to keep them locked at all times.
- Always think several steps ahead of your children when it comes to gun safety. Kids are smart. By the time they are teenagers, they have developed the ability to move about undetected and to get away with things you will never know about. They are also observant and pay attention when you don’t realize they are. That means that if you have always put a key to your gun safe or safety lock in the same place, they have probably overturned the house looking for it or already know where it is.
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