Stay Focused, Stay Free Tip #19

Gun Safety Locks

Last year in Newport News, Virginia, a African-American 6-year-old student at Richneck Elementary School shot his teacher. In a matter of days, the incident became a national headliner. School officials were warned about the little boy having a gun on the premise, but the child was clean when they searched him. However, the child made it into his classroom with a firearm and shot his teacher. Fortunately, the substitute teacher only suffered a non-life threatening injury and survived.

A 1st grade student shot his teacher!!! What is the world coming to?! Why didn’t they find the gun on the child when they searched him?! I don’t want to believe that the child knew they were coming search him and hid it. I simply can’t fathom a 6-year-old being that conscious and deceptive.

What happened that day has been very disturbing and traumatizing for everyone. We (adults) have to do something to prevent this from happening again. Perhaps I have an idea, my fellow child protector. Let’s start by placing safety locks on our guns, and keeping them out the reach of any child. Period!