Gunlock safety in the news

Discussion in 'In the News' started by pro2am, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. pro2am

    pro2am New Member

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    These people could easily turn a very tragic situation into an anti-gun campaign, but didn't.

    From 11alive website:

    Parents Promote Gunlocks, Safety

    Three-year-old Jayden accidentally shot and killed himself.


    Web Editor: Jennifer Leslie
    Last Modified: 1/20/2007 8:08:17 PM

    Crystal Sloan and Jonathan Evans stood before a crowd of parents on Saturday to talk about the day that changed their lives.

    Three months ago, their 3-year-old son Jayden accidentally shot and killed himself.

    "When I got the call, I was just getting off work, and she was getting off school. It was a shock to everybody," Jonathan Evans said.

    "It's hard not waking up to him every morning, not taking him to school, picking him up, the daily routines that we shared," Crystal Sloan said.

    Jayden's great grandparents were taking care of him in their southeast Atlanta home in early November when he became curious about a wire chord under their bed.

    Turns out, it was part of a gunlock that was improperly installed on his great-grandfather's handgun.

    When Jayden pulled, the gun went off.

    "They thought it was on correctly until this," Sloan said. "But nobody ever showed them how to use it."

    During a seminar sponsored by the Atlanta Police Department on Saturday, officers showed parents the proper way to install gunlocks.

    They also encouraged the parents to ask if there's a gun in the house before leaving their children in someone else's care, even if they're family.

    Sloan and Evans told the crowd they never thought about asking until was too late.

    "We just don't want this to happen to anyone else," Sloan said.

    Jayden's death was ruled an accident by police, so no charges were ever filed.
     
  2. foshizzle

    foshizzle New Member

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    Are they really that complicated to use?

    Why lock it and keep it loaded to boot? Hell, you're just as likely to be an adult, disable the lock and shoot yourself. Keep it unloaded and locked. Jesus.