Group holds gun safety seminar, gun shop owner says locking away gives wrong message

Group holds gun safety seminar, gun shop owner says locking away gives wrong message

By Chantelle Navarro, KCRG-TV9 | The family of an eastern Iowa teenager who died in an accidental shooting is urging everyone to get gun safety training. 15-year-old Kain Schild of rural Clarksville was with a group of other teenagers last Thursday when a gun fired, killing him. While his family supports gun safety training, the group, "Moms Demand Action," has taken a different approach. It’s started a campaign that it calls "Be Smart." It hosted an event at the North Liberty library this week urging people to lock up their guns and keep them away from children. One volunteer with the group said that simple step can prevent accidents. "Right now in America, nearly 1.7 million children live in homes with unsecured guns. Every year, nearly 300 children gain access to a gun and either shoot themselves or someone else. Nearly 500 more die by suicide," said Moms Demand Action Volunteer Rebecca Truszkowsky. Moms Demand Action launched its "Be SMART campaign " a few years ago but has since gained traction in the wake of the Parkland Florida High School shooting. The owner of L and R Arms exchange in Durant said he thinks gun safety needs to go further. Roger Howe grew up around guns. It’s how he says he learned to properly handle them. Now, owning a gun store, he says gun safety is not about keeping kids away from guns but exposing them to guns safely. "(Some people) want to make sure the education is there […]

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