You have heard the phrase – “If looks could kill…”
Well, what about attitude? What if your attitude could kill? What if the wrong attitude could lead to the death of your child?
Be honest – How many of you have said to yourselves, “Oh that would never happen to my child.” “My child knows better!” “Not MY child!!”
Guess what – this attitude regarding guns & children is KILLING them!
I’ve heard the arrogant remarks; “I’ve talked to my kids about guns.” “I’ve taught my kids about gun safety.” “My kids know better than to touch my guns.”
Guess what? They are still KIDS!
My child found a loaded gun. My child picked it up. My child took it outside on our porch. And my child curiously looked into the barrel & then my child pulled the trigger. My child had a fatal gun accident. My child. Never, in a million years, would I have thought my child would pick up a loaded gun, much less have a fatal accident with one. But it happened – in a matter of minutes.
Just months later while at a friends house my husband walked into their bedroom to use the restroom & laying on the bed was a loaded gun. When my husband asked him about it his first defense was, “Oh my kids know better.” Yeah, so did ours. We talked to our kids about guns & taught them gun safety & stored our guns in a gun safe. The one time we momentarily had a loaded gun out – not even thinking we were putting any of kids in danger because “they knew better”, “they would never . . .” our three-year old did. My child. Never again will I assume anything more from my kids than for them to be kids. As the Evolve slogan warns, “If they find it, they will play with it.” My child, your child, the child next door, the child your babysitting, the cops child, the doctors child, the country child, the city child – they are all just children.
Yes, if we talk to our children & educate them on gun safety they should “know better,” but as parents WE should know better. We should know that they are still children & if they find it there is always a possibility they could pick it up & pull the trigger. Our attitudes matter – Lose the “Not my child” attitude!