We need to keep our kids safe! #gunsense

Every day we see the news about another child or teen committing suicide.  We see the commercials reminding us to keep our medications safe from our teenagers.  If we ever think “not my child”, please think again.  These things can happen to any of us, and any of our children can hurt themselves if we do not recognize there is a problem or get them help.

I just received an email from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  “Suicide by firearm among American adolescents has reached a 12-year peak, its highest level since 2001, according to the latest fatal injury data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2013, suicide by firearm claimed 876 lives among adolescents ages 10 to 19, an increase for the third consecutive year.”

It is very alarming to read that the overall suicide rate among adolescents ages 10 to 19 increased 34 percent, from 3.77 to 5.05 per 100,000 population between 2007 and 2013.

As important it is to “mind our meds” as the commercials tell us, we need to make sure that if we own a firearm, it is safely locked up and our children cannot access it by any means.

To read The Truth About Kids & Guns: 2015, a report detailing Brady’s analysis of the most recent CDC fatal injury data, visit www.bradycenter.org. To learn how to protect your family and reduce suicide risk, visit www.suicideproof.org.

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