Gun advocates say remove the mystery with kids

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 20:13:58-04

Gun advocates say keeping kids away from guns might not be the best way to keep them safe.

Don Pind, the owner of Professional Firearms Training and a grandfather, said innocent curiosity can put kids in dangerous situations. He's taught his grandchildren how to unload a gun and how to walk away if a friend is playing with a gun.

Pind's grandson Devin Pind is an 8th-grader. He knows to leave the situation and tell an adult.

"They're something not to be played with at all. So it's not a good idea to show them a gun or have them in their hands. You don't know if they're loaded or not," said Devin.

According to the gun control organization "Everytown for Gun Safety," 265 children under the age of 18 shot someone by accident in the U.S. in 2015. Eighty-three of those victims died.

In Kansas City, two kids accidentally killed another child with a loaded gun in 2016.

"The best thing to do is take the mystery out of them. I'm not saying go and buy a gun. I'm saying you should go and let them shoot them. And go through a class with an instructor who will teach them the basics. Teach them how to be safe," said Pind.

Bruce Luedeman with Safe Shoot said accidental shootings are 100 percent preventable, and that locking firearms is the gun owner's responsibility.