While most people think that children hardly ever find guns, research shows that if children are left in a room with a hidden gun, 75% of them will find the gun within 15 minutes or less. Should children be taught gun safety? More and more children are dying due to firearm accidents now a days due to the fact that there is an estimated amount of over 300 million guns in America today. With that many guns you can arm every man, woman and child in America. With more guns showing up in America, the more likely your child will be to find one. While most people think that children will not do anything with a gun if they find one, there are still going to be those kids that will play around with it and wind up doing something that they will regret. Gun safety is a bigger issue than most people would like to believe. They usually just turn a blind eye to accidental gun accidents involving children, but what are they going to do when it happens to their child. Even though children dying from gun accidents is not the cause of the highest number of children dying in accidents, the matter of gun safety should not just be pushed aside. The initial point that I want to bring up is the fact that guns are everywhere. Most people do not know this, but there are at least 50 children that die from firearm accidents every year. According to the research, there are enough guns in America to arm every man, woman and child. That is more than 300 million guns. Now I cannot speak for you on this matter, but I do not know whether this is a bad thing or a good thing. The National Rifle Association (NRA) also reports that 50% of households in America have guns. Knowing this, it just makes me want to teach kids about gun safety even more than I already did. On another point I would like to just shed some light on how often children die from accidental firearm accidents. In a span of 3 weeks there were 3 gun accidents, two of which resulted in a child dying. One accident occurred when a...
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