FBISD's School Health Advisory Council promotes gun safety (5/3/21)
Fort Bend ISD (April 28, 2021) -- In their continued efforts to provide tools and resources to promote healthy lifestyles to the Fort Bend ISD community, FBISD’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) recently invited Leslie Morrison to share information about gun safety at their monthly meeting. Morrison is a representative of Be SMART, a campaign launched by non-profit Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, to raise awareness that secure gun storage can save children’s lives.
“As families practice social distancing, many children and teens are isolated, anxious and bored,” Morrison said. “Parents and guardians should always assume children and teens can find guns. Always store firearms locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition.”
Morrison shared alarming statistics.
4.6 million American children live in homes with guns that are both loaded and unlocked.
Every year, more than 600 children, 17 and under die by suicide with a gun.
The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. The acronym SMART stands for:
S - Secure all guns in your home and vehicles
M- Model responsible behavior around guns
A - Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes
R - Recognize the role of guns in suicide
T - Tell your peers to be SMART
To find out more about Be SMART, including a list of resources and tools that can help parents keep their homes and children safe, visit www.besmartforkids.org.