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Gun safety – tips for kids

Gun safety – tips for kids
August 25
14:56 2017

Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers is teaching children what to do if they see a gun through the Eddie Eagle gun safe program.

Police officers are passing out brochures for children with coloring pages, educating them to tell an adult if they find a gun.

“With kids, when you have a mascot that leaves that image. It helps them revert to Eddie the Eagle… don’t pick that gun up, leave the area, tell an adult, never pick up a gun,” said Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley. “Kids are really curious. They are going to want to pick it up. They’re going to want to look at it. We’ve had too many cases where kids have accidentally shot a sibling or injured themselves or killed themselves,” she said.

A 3-year-old Beaumont boy accidentally shot himself in the head while playing with a gun in May of 2016.

It is Crime Stoppers mission to prevent similar events by educating both adults and children.

“We don’t want a child critically injured, or an adult for that matter. There is adults everyday who are cleaning guns or using guns and not realizing that you have to be really careful. They get injured too,” Riley said.

Gun owner Cathy Chiszar says she has five grandchildren. She advises others to educate the children in their family about the dangers of guns.

“Don’t touch this it is dangerous. Just like you would with a stove or a hot pot or something. It is dangerous, don’t touch it,” Chiszar said.

It is not just children that can benefit from the Eddie Eagle gun safe program, Chiszar says safety is imperative for all parents and gun owners.

“Just that I encourage gun safety to everyone,” Chiszar said. “If you’re going to purchase a weapon, if you’re going to own a weapon, learn how to use it,” she said.

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