Ask Well: Gun Storage and Children

What do I ask other parents about how any handguns are stored in their homes?


Asking another parent whether they have guns in their home -- and how they store firearms – can be done as part of a broader discussion about safety that takes place before a play date, and should involve a two-way exchange of information, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. The same conversation can address other safety concerns, like food allergies or swimming pool safety.

“People get really upset when you talk about their guns if they think you have a political agenda,” Dr. Benjamin said. “When you talk about safety, you put it in context. ‘I want your kids safe at my house, and I want my kids safe at your house.’ ”

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