"Protect Children, Not Guns: The Truth About Guns" Fact Sheet from The Children’s Defense Fund

On March 29, 2013, the Children’s Defense Fund released their new fact sheet "Protect Children, Not Guns: The Truth About Guns." Here are the major points from the fact sheet (condensed):

  1. A gun in the home increases the risk of homicide, suicide, and accidental death.
  2. Many children live in homes with loaded and unlocked guns. Every parent and grandparent needs to be careful where their children play and ask if there is a gun in the home.
  3. Guns make violence more deadly.
  4. Better enforcement of current gun safety laws is needed but is not enough.
  5. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is forbidden from regulating the sale and manufacture of guns.
  6. Common sense gun safety laws help reduce gun violence while protecting the legal use of guns.
    1. Tighter regulation and oversight of gun sellers.
    2. Requiring background checks for purchases through private sellers as well as dealers.
    3. Firearm prohibitions for high-risk groups.
    4. Child access prevention laws.
    5. Well-designed assault weapons ban.
  7. Loopholes in prior gun safety laws prevented them from being as effective as necessary.
  8. Common sense gun safety regulations protect lawful ownership and use of guns.
  9. The majority of Americans, including gun owners and NRA members, support common sense gun safety regulation.
  10. Armed school guards and teachers will not necessarily make children safer but will jeopardize the futures of some children.
  11. Criminal background checks work; and making them universal at the federal level would make them far more effective.
  12. Universal background checks will not lead to a registry of gun owners.
  13. The NRA has actively prevented enforcement of current gun safety laws.
  14. The NRA represents a small minority of gun owners.

You can find the full text following this link to CDF's website: http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-data-repository/the-truth-about-guns.pdf


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