Advocates weigh in on guns inside homes

According to new numbers released from the Brady Center, there are 1.7 million kids living in homes with access to guns.

That's why parents and advocates in Austin are talking about how families who keep firearms in their home should talk about the issue with children.

Nicole Golden and her husband made a firm choice when they had children. No guns in their household.

“We put our children's safety first. If you do have one, lock it up, but our choice has been to not purchase one,” Nicole Golden with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said.

In regards to the numbers from the Brady Center, Golden says “most of them know where their parents keep them even if their parents think that they don't.”

Golden's organization, was founded shortly after the Sandy Hook massacre. She says her organization does not have a problem with gun ownership, it's just parents not locking them up safely.

“I've had my own experience with having to decide not to send my kid on a play date at a certain home because the ammunition was not stored they way I think it needs to be.

Bobby Clakley is president of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association. He agrees with locking guns up.

“A child should not have access to a firearm except in circumstances allowed by law,” Clakley said.

He feels children should not be ignorant of what a gun is and does. At a certain age, they should know what to do.

“A good firearm training program to have children understand how dangerous a firearm can be is also very important,” Clakley said.

According to the CDC, the leading cause of death for children under 14 is accidental death or unintended injuries.

Despite some differences on the issues, mothers and second amendment supporters alike agree the issue of keeping children safe is a universal one.

 

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