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May 14, 2019
Category: Safety
Tags: safety   Guns   Weapons   Storage  

Safe Storage Of Guns Could Prevent Up To A Third Of Gun Suicides And Accidental Child Deaths, Researchers Say


In the New York Times (5/13) “The Upshot,” Aaron E. Carroll, MD, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana School of Medicine, writes, “Legislators and gun safety advocates often focus on how guns are” bought, even though “many lives could be saved, especially among children, if they looked more at how they are stored.” Just in the past decade alone, “guns killed more than 14,000 American children.” In new research, investigators have found that “even a modest increase in owners who lock up their guns would pay off in an outsize drop in gun deaths.”


CNN (5/13) reports, “US households with children do not safely store firearms in the way the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: locked up and unloaded.” Were parents simply to lock up “all their guns, then up to a third of gun suicides and accidental deaths among children and teens could be avoided, researchers” estimated. The findings were published online in JAMA Pediatrics.


The New York Daily News (5/13) also covers the study.



Study: Safe gun storage prevents child and teen deaths 

May 26, 2018
Category: Safety
Tags: safety   Guns   Weapons   Airsoft   Eye Protection  


December 8, 2017 from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Airsoft gun users should aim for safety, protect eyes

Trisha KoriothStaff Writer
  • Parent Plus

The name sounds safe enough, but if an airsoft gun is on your teen’s wish list, you should keep a close eye on safety.

These non-powder guns look like real guns and are sold in sporting goods and other retail stores. Kids use them to shoot 6 millimeter plastic pellets at targets or each other.

Their rising popularity has led to an increase in eye injuries.

“The name is terribly misleading,” said Eliot Nelson, M.D., FAAP, an injury prevention expert from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “Nobody should be allowed to use these without appropriate eye protection.”


Those who do not wear eye protection are at risk of eye injury, according to the AAP. Airsoft pellets that strike the eye can cause scratches, painful pooling of blood inside the eye, lens dislocation or blindness.

The AAP recommends that kids use paintball-style protective eyewear. Look for a label that says the glasses meet ASTM F1776 safety standards.

Airsoft guns are sold alongside other non-powder guns like BB guns that fire metal ball bearings, pellet guns that fire small lead pellets and paintball guns that fire gelatinous balls filled with paint. Air, other gases, springs and electricity help shoot the ammunition out of the gun. Non-powder guns have an orange tip so they are not mistaken for a real gun. The tip should not be removed.

Not all non-powder guns are the same.

BB guns and metal pellet guns are not designed to be shot at people. They can kill small animals, though. “(They) are clearly better described as weapons,” Dr. Nelson said.

Airsoft and paintball guns are designed to be shot at other people in games. They can cause welts on the skin but are not supposed to break the skin. “They sting. Use protective clothing if you don’t want to get stung,” said Dr. Nelson.

For these reasons, the AAP does not suggest an age when airsoft guns are considered safe. Parents should consider whether their child understands the risks and will wear eye protection

“The bottom line is that all of these guns are potentially hurtful,” Dr. Nelson said. “Parents should be very careful not to think of any of these as harmless toys.”