Gun Safety Programs for Children and Teens Not Effective
Teaching children and teens to stay away from guns, or behave responsibly on their own around guns, does not work, according to a report from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The report, “Children, Youth, and Gun Violence,” says that parents and policymakers should focus on keeping guns away from unsupervised children rather than trying to teach children not to play with guns when they are found.
The report recommended implementing programs to educate parents on proper gun safety and on how to keep their children safe from guns. In addition, it suggested that new product safety standards be implemented to make guns harder to fire and that policymakers should implement tighter restrictions on gun sales, safe gun designs and product safety regulations.
The “Children, Youth, and Gun Violence” report is the most recent issue of The Future of Children, a journal of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Professor Teret was the issue editorial advisor and also co-authored the report’s article “Product-Oriented Approaches to Reducing Youth Gun Violence.”