When it comes to combating gun violence, it's important to remember that it manifests in many different forms, including some that aren't widely discussed. Frequently, for example, conversations about firearm safety and violence fail to include statistics about children and guns, which indicate that younger populations are particularly vulnerable to injury — or even death because of gun-related injuries.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Ad Council, and Droga5 launched a public safety awareness campaign this week called "End Family Fire," which specifically aims to label and help prevent children from being injured by firearms in and around their homes. They're calling it "family fire," and they believe it is a nonpartisan issue.
"The issue that the entire campaign is premised around is something that every American can undertake to affect change," Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Center, tells Bustle. "It’s not electing someone to Congress, it’s not getting an enforcement agency to crack down on gun dealers who are flouting the law. It’s actually right within our grasp, in our own home, securely within our reach, and it’s safe storage."
Brown and the others behind the campaign want to encourage families to take simple steps to prevent family fire. These steps include taking an inventory of firearms within a household — even those which may be old, or might have been inherited and forgotten about. Next, those firearms should be separated and stored in locked cases. And, Brown says, when it comes to ammunition, it should be stored separately. The only thing left to do is discuss the topic within your community, with people you know, and encourage those with guns to take the same precautions.
Indeed, these are simple steps that could, according to statistics, save many lives. Children are harmed by guns on a daily basis, and often by guns that their parents didn't realize were accessible within their own homes. Relevant data about children and guns backs this up.