A law requiring Levi Reed’s grandfather to store his gun safely might have saved Noah McGuire’s life. As Jodi reflected, “Storing your firearms responsibly with constant regard that there are children nearby—if you have children in your home and you have firearms, then that needs to be on the forefront of your mind at all times.”
Enough is enough. It is time for responsible parents everywhere to make sure everyone in their community stores their guns safely out of the reach of unsupervised children. And it is time for responsible citizens everywhere to stand up to the gun lobby and demand that politicians pass common sense gun safety and safe storage laws. Visit the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence website to find out whether your state has laws about gun locking devices and safe gun storage.
(Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.)
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