For every one time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were 4 unintentional shootings, 7 criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.
So maybe the best time to tip off parents and others about those dangers is right when they’re trying to purchase guns. That’s what States United to Prevent Gun Violence did recently in its “Guns With History” campaign.
When visiting the “gun shop” the organization opened in New York City, first-time purchasers are greeted by a vendor promotes weapons of interest by telling these customers of the history of those weapons. This is the same handgun a five-year-old recently used to shoot his infant sibling. This other gun is the same one a two-year-old removed from his mother’s purse, shooting her inside a Walmart. This rifle is the same kind that claimed many lives in Sandy Hill.
And the responses of those consumers? See them for yourself in this video:
And if you agree with States United, be sure to sign its petition calling for background checks, ban on assault weapons, and limits on high ammo capacities.