Deaths from firearms is one of the most prevalent causes of death among children and the number one preventable cause of death among children and teens. That’s why it’s so important for families to practice safety when owning a gun. In order to help promote safety in communities, the National Shooting Sports Foundation created the Project Childsafe program which promotes firearm safety and education.
The project is the largest, most comprehensive firearm safety education program within the United States and works inside the community by distributing safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities. These kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure that discusses safe handling and storage of the firearms.
Since the beginning of the program in 1999, more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies have partnered with the program to distribute more than 37 million of the safety kits to gun owners across the U.S. and its territories. Through these partnerships and others with elected officials, community leaders, state agencies, businesses, the firearms industry, and other organizations and businesses, the program has worked to raise awareness about being a safe, responsible firearm owner in order to prevent accidents, theft, and misuse.
Though there is good support for the program, they could always use more partners, volunteers, and other help promoting the program and most importantly, safe gun storage. There’s several ways that you can help from making a tax-deductible contribution or becoming a law enforcement partner or a supporting organization.
Within your own community, you can help by promoting their “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” Initiative, which focuses solely on raising the public’s consciousness on the issue of firearm safety and responsibility and encouraging firearms owners to embrace the importance of proper storage. By joining the conversation, it can help spread the importance of storing firearms responsibly. To get involved in promoting responsible firearms ownership to your customers and in your community, access their “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” initiative toolkit.
Preventing the deaths of children and teens can be as simple as creating the conversation inside your community to talk about safe gun ownership, ensuring that everyone is storing their guns properly, and practicing safe gun ownership. Project ChildSafe seeks to do just that and works hard to provide the tools, support, and resources to help start that conversation inside the communities. For more information on their project and how you can help, you can visit their website at http://www.projectchildsafe.org/.
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