Children and Guns: A Dangerous Combination

The number one reason most people purchase a safe? To keep their firearms locked up. They realize that being a responsible gun owner means always securing their firearms. This is especially important if you have both children and guns in your home.

In fact, a 2017 study on gun violence showed that the rate of children killed by guns is much higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world. As many as 19 children a day are injured or killed by guns. And according to the findings of another 2017 study, about 40% of parents believe their kids don’t know where their guns are hidden… but they’re wrong.

That’s a terrifying statistic, but it helps explain why accidental shootings — typically involving curious kids who are playing with a gun — still occur.

Mike’s Story

Mike Schlappi experienced the dangers of kids and guns that are unsecured firsthand. When he was 14, he was accidentally shot at point blank range in the chest by his friend.

He says, “I remember the sound. The bullet hit my chest. Punctured my right lung, spread through my body, missed my heart, hit my spine, knocked me back onto the bed.” Mike was rushed to the hospital with a bullet hole in his chest. He lived, but he was paralyzed from the chest down.

The Solution

Preventing a tragedy like the one Mike experienced starts with securing your firearms properly. Leaving them unloaded with a trigger lock and safety on, and with your ammo stored in a separate location, is a great start. But if you really want to keep guns away from children, a high-quality childproof gun safe is the perfect solution.

Liberty Safe has been building some of the world’s best safes since 1988. Our constant push for new innovation and technology, along with our dedication to protecting what matters most to you, has made us the trusted industry leader.

If you’re ready to give yourself the peace of mind that comes from knowing your firearms are secure, we can help. The first step is deciding which safe is right for you. Click here to take our quiz — we’ll guide you through the decision-making process!



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