Gun violence in America has been in existence for hundreds of years from the times of the old Western Cowboys to the death of Trayvon Martin. However, with new laws passed that favor gun- toting such as the ‘Stand Your Own Ground’ law, an increase in gun related violence has evolved.
Some people choose to carry a gun to protect themselves. Then there are those who carry guns such as robbers, rapists, and those who are just ‘trigger happy’. Where does it end? When does it become justified? We have those who carry a gun with the intent to kill and those who want to protect.
Carrying a gun for either reason increases the risk of accidental death and murder. Just last month here in Atlanta, eighteen- year- old Larenzo Montgomery, accidentally shot his three- year- old niece. There were four adults in the house at the time, which poses the carelessness of random people with guns.
Making guns so common and available makes this scenario commonplace. As we have seen with the Trayvon Martin case, an unarmed teenager, who was shot because he appeared suspicious, shows how easily someone can become a victim of gun violence. Since Congress has passed these laws that abide gun- toting, as parents we have to take precautions to make our children aware of the dangers of these weapons.
Arm your children with knowledge
Children may not know about the dangers of guns, which means we have to teach them. Many children may think that guns are cool and may want to play with them. When we teach them what a gun is and what it is capable of, this should tackle their wonderment of guns from seeing them on television and possibly from friends.
Show them reality
By arming our children with knowledge, we make sure that they know that guns are really dangerous. Guns have taken many lives directly and accidentally. Teach your children to pick their friends wisely as this can also be a factor. Children being prepared in this way will give them a base on what to do if ever presented with a gun or if they find one.
No fear tactics
It is unnecessary to scare our children. Children are very intelligent and if guided properly, can make very wise choices. The key is to educate. Make sure that they know to inform a responsible adult or call 911 if presented with any dangerous scenario.
We as parents are responsible and have to protect and teach our children. While we can’t always be at our children’s side every moment of the day or prevent every bad thing that happens, we can guide our children in making better decisions.