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How do I talk to my child about gun safety?

Romesh Nalliah
Dentist

Gun safety is one of the most crucial conversations you must have with your child. Existing research shows that close to 15,000 children present to hospital emergency departments in the United States due to firearm injury in one year. Close to 90% of these children are boys.

Citation for research is:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22104700?dopt=AbstractPlus

The focus of the conversation with your child should include two important actions. Firstly, to leave the area where the gun is present. Secondly, to inform an adult. As with all crucial conversations, it is necessary to have a non judgmental, trusting relationship with the child in order to be able to openly discuss important matters like this one.

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