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Mon May 30, 2016, 11:40 AM

'A wake up call': child-related shootings fuel Detroit's tough gun safety stance

Source: The Guardian

'A wake up call': child-related shootings fuel Detroit's tough gun safety stance

Filing charges against adults may be difficult – as families are already
grieving – but prosecutor Kym Worthy and others argue shootings are
‘entirely’ preventable


Ryan Felton in Detroit
Monday 30 May 2016 11.00 BST

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According to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office, these children were among eight to kill or seriously injure themselves with firearms in the county, in the last 17 months alone.

“I hope this is going to be a wake up call,” said county prosecutor Kym Worthy, announcing charges in two such cases and calling for a broader public awareness of gun safety.

Worthy also urged pediatricians to discuss gun safety with parents.

“I’d like pediatricians to be able to take much more action,” she said, “and notify, even just for a few minutes, whether it’s passing out a pamphlet or whatever … parents on the dangers of guns being at home.”

In the case of Mariah, Worthy’s office filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the girl’s grandparents, Frederick Davis and Patricia McNeal.

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/30/detroit-shootings-gun-safety-children

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 12:03 PM

1. Good, charges should be filed

 

I just wish the gun safety groups would get onboard like the firearms manufacturers.

Project childsafe, free Gun locks. Secure your firearms.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2016, 12:34 PM

2. should charges be filed if a bottle of Drano is left unsecured?

should every call to the national poison control center be followed up by a visit from the cops and CPS?
http://www.keepyourchildsafe.org/child-safety-book/child-poisoning-facts-and-statistics.html

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #2)

Mon May 30, 2016, 01:31 PM

3. guns have no place in your home

If you have children, having a gun at all makes you a bad parent potential child killer.












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Response to gejohnston (Reply #2)

Mon May 30, 2016, 02:35 PM

4. As a parent

 

I would say that if you have a child in the house then you should secure anything that might cause harm. Easy enough to secure cabinets or put chemicals where they can't be reached, and I don't think a loaded weapon should ever be accessible to children. Lock it, leave it unloaded, whatever, but don't stick a loaded gun under a pillow.

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