Study: Kids ig­nore gun-safety ed

New York Daily News - - NEWS - Ariel Scotti

CHIL­DREN WHO at­tend gun safety pro­grams don’t re­mem­ber what they learn and of­ten ig­nore in­struc­tors’ lessons when faced with a real weapon, re­searchers at the Rut­gers School of Nurs­ing found.

The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Health Pro­mo­tion Prac­tice, looked at data from 10 pre­vi­ous pa­pers on gun safety strate­gies for 4- to 9-year-old kids and saw that un­su­per­vised chil­dren do not stay away from firearms, re­gard­less of par­tic­i­pa­tion in a safety pro­gram.

“The stud­ies found that even chil­dren who ini­tially fol­lowed the rules after the train­ing did not use the safety skills they learned weeks later when placed in a room with a non­func­tional gun,” the study’s coau­thor, Ch­eryl Holly, told Rut­gers To­day.

The Rut­gers team dis­cov­ered that, in alarm­ing con­junc­tion with chil­dren’s seem­ing dis­re­gard for gun rules, about 85% of ri­fle or hand­gun-own­ing par­ents didn’t prac­tice what the study con­sid­ered “safe gun storage.” The re­view also found that 72% of those moth­ers and fa­thers be­lieved that their small chil­dren knew the dif­fer­ence be­tween a toy gun and a real one.

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