Tuesday letters: Teach kids that guns aren’t toys

March 4, 2014 

One vital component on which we can all agree is missing from most discussions about guns: Children must be taught that guns are not toys. What happened to McGruff the Crime Dog, who appeared everywhere to tell children that guns can kill, and if you find a gun, don’t touch it; tell an adult.

My parents had guns in the house, but I never found them. My father would read me news stories of children who were killed or injured playing with guns. I got the point, and learned a healthy respect for guns. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and community leaders need to take the time to express to children that every gun should be treated like a loaded gun, and that “playing” with guns can kill.

Evelyn Clary

Columbia

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