In 2016, 47 children were taken to Lee Health’s trauma department for gun related injuries. Health experts say these types of injuries can be prevented.
Sally Kreuscher, Child Advocacy Program Coordinator with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, says guns can be found in one out of three homes. “So many homes now days have guns within the homes so we want to have conversations with our children’s friends and neighbors so that we know when they leave our home it’s a safe environment that they’re going to.”
Studies show in Florida one child is shot every 17 hours. “The statistics are surprising and gun injuries and gun deaths are rising and we want to make sure our kids are safe in our community,” said Kreuscher.
Law enforcement say keeping children safe from guns starts with preventing children access to guns. “There are basic safety precautions you need to take. One of those is not allowing access of a minor to a firearm, being loaded or unloaded. They need to be safely secure when in the presence of an unaccompanied minor,” said Lt. Scott Lineberger with Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Lineberger says there are several ways to secure a gun. “There are gun locks, safes, there are little safes that you can keep in a nightstand or under a bed.”
One child injured by a gun, is one too many.
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