People have asked me: “Why MOMS? Isn’t this about all parents who have kids? Why isn’t it just “Gun Safe HOME?” My response is that this is about PEOPLE. It’s a call to namely mothers, who are the gatekeepers of their children’s activities?and social contacts, to own the gun accessibility issue. And mothers REALLY don’t seem to like talking about this. Guns are typically not part of their culture. I hope all parents will embrace the principles of Gun Safe Mom. People have these important conversations. People are instrumental in making changes. People are the ones who need to act safely and protect their children. You can make a difference today without waiting for legislation or someone else to “do something” or having another tax dollar of yours diverted to another new campaign or safety initiative. By displaying a Gun Safe Mom sign and asking and telling about gun access in places your children spend time, you are making it socially acceptable to discuss gun access and potentially save lives. I believe this will make a difference.
Do you realize that most every school shooting began with a young person accessing a gun in their home? Two things happen after every school shooting if you watch the news: 1) You hear 1st hand reports of parents and students saying they thought “it could never happen in our town” and 2) officials tell you it’s a good time to “talk to your kids about guns”. Sadly, most people still defer the gun conversation and don’t ask about gun accessibility. Our conversations CAN change behaviors for the better. Share this if you know better and are willing to ask more frequently.
Gander Mountain has quite a selection of firearms for sale this holiday season. This 23 page catalog features 10 pages of nothing but guns. There are 2 pages dedicated to gun safes and locking storage for guns. We hope this is not indicative of how people value the importance of locking up guns in the places your children play. Safety first. Ask about gun accessibility in the places your kids play this holiday season.