Keep children from having access to unsecured guns

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

This week we learned that in Newton, a 2-year-old boy was injured after being left inside the home with access to his grandfather’s loaded handgun. The bullet reportedly grazed the boy’s finger and ended up lodged in the neighbor’s house across the street. This situation could have ended much more tra-gically, and oftentimes it does.

This is only one of many preventable gun-related injur-ies, accidents and tragedies that occur all across the country. A recent analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety found that from December 2012 to December 2013, at least 100 U.S. children were killed in unintentional shootings -— almost two each week. More than two-thirds of these tragedies (70 percent) could have been avoided if gun owners had stored their guns responsibly and practiced basic safety precautions that prevent children from accessing them.

Kansas is one of 22 states that has no child access prevention laws specifically addressing prevention of children from accessing guns. As a mother of three young children, I am concerned, and it is time to en-sure that these safety measures are put into place. We adults — gun owners and non-gun owners alike — need to work together to pass laws and policies that will protect our children.

Please tell your elected of-ficials to support laws that prevent children from accessing unsecured guns. It is our respon-sibility to keep guns out of the hands of innocent children.

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