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A child discharges an unsecured gun, accidentally harming or killing someone every 34 hours in the United States. 1.7 million children in America live in homes where there are loaded, unsecured firearms. There are over 500 gun suicides by children in our country each year. And a nationwide study in the 2015-2016 school year showed that on average, a classmate brings a firearm onto school property more than once each school day; this number only represents those that are discovered by school officials. Many more go undetected.
Such statistics are a parent’s worst nightmare. How can we keep our kids safe?
Please join us at Plymouth North High School March 15th to hear about the Be SMART Program (besmartforkids.org). Co-sponsored by the Plymouth Public Schools, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the Plymouth Police Department, this program focuses on preventing the tragedies that occur when unsupervised children gain access to unsecured guns. As an added bonus, our Police will highlight MA gun laws that are related to this topic, and free gun locks will be provided as long as supplies last.
We will gather at 6:45 pm and present from 7:00-8:30 pm, with adequate time for questions and answers following. Presentation leaders are Julie Benotti (Plymouth teacher), Kathleen Berry (Moms Demand Action South Shore Chapter Lead), Ann Marie Crowell (Gun Violence Survivor), Larry Gingold (School Psychologist), and a Plymouth Police Officer. Simple snacks will be provided.
Parents and all concerned adults, gun owners and non-gun owners alike, are invited.