Dear Friend of JP:
Please note the following information. Given that our children are at home for so much time now, sometimes without direct adult supervision, we thought we should share this letter with you.
Regardless of where you may stand on issues related to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the SMART rules that Be SMART suggests are important reminders for all families who may have guns in their home. Please, please, Be SMART!
Thanks for your consideration.
Stay well, be safe, wash those hands!
Dr. Robert Ginsberg, Principal
Johnson Park School
Princeton Public Schools
Dear Dr. Ginsberg,
We are thinking of you and your families during these intense and unprecedented times and want to express our gratitude to you for keeping schools operating virtually. Today we are contacting you as volunteers with the Mercer County group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has a wonderful educational program related to safe gun storage called “Be SMART for Kids.” We are bringing awareness to the risk of gun-related domestic violence and suicide, as well as providing guidance on secure gun storage while our children and vulnerable teens find themselves at home during the school day for the next . . . months.
The Be SMART program asks parents and caretakers, gun owners and non-gun owners alike, to ‘Be SMART’ and take these simple steps:
Secure all guns in homes and vehicles.
Model responsible behavior.
Ask about firearms in other homes your child visits.
Recognize the role of guns in suicide.
Tell your peers to Be SMART.
Here are some facts about gun violence in America:
- An estimated 13 million households with children in the U.S. have at least one gun, and approximately 4.6 million children live in a household with at least one gun that is stored loaded and unlocked.
- An overwhelming majority of unintentional shootings by children could have been prevented with secure storage. Unloaded firearms should be secured with a firearm-locking device, or in a locked location, like a safe or lock box. Ammunition should be stored separately from the firearm in a secure location.
- Research indicates that secure gun-storage practices, including storing household guns locked, unloaded, and separate from the ammunition, are associated with reduced rates of child firearm suicide. One study showed that households that locked both firearms and ammunition had a 78 percent lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries among children and teenagers.
Be SMART also has a host of tools and resources available digitally:
Be Smart Co-Leads