These are just some of the shocking statistics from my recent post about children and guns, and after compiling those gut-wrenching facts, I thought I had a clear image of kids and guns in the U.S. I thought I understood the need for more safety in our homes, schools, and streets.
Until I watched this segment on an upcoming ABC World News special called “Young Guns.”
Airing this Friday night, the in-depth report and hidden-camera experiment from ABC News anchors David Muir and Diane Sawyer shows exactly what happens when you put guns around kids.
And here’s the thing: all of the kids in this hidden-camera experiement have parents who taught gun safety at home.
All of the kids were taught an in-depth gun safety lesson at school, including an NRA safety video for kids.
All of these kids then had a police officer come into the classroom and teach more gun safety lessons. And still STILL — kids will be kids when there’s a shiny gun in front of them.
Take a look at the segment from ABC News for more.
When you factor in the statistics given — that 1.7 million children live in a home with an unlocked and loaded firearm, and over 7,000 children are rushed to the hospital with (often accidental) gunshot wounds — it might make you rethink the way you approach play-dates at a friend’s house, or, possibly, gun safety in your own house.
To see more of the hidden-camera experiment — including more unsettling footage and the parents’ reactions — tune in this Friday, January 31, to ABC World News.