Gun Safety

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Gun and bullet on table (caption: Guide to Gun Safety)

This article was consulted on by Julie Fritz, an active volunteer for a local arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. Everytown does comprehensive research on gun violence and makes recommendations on how we can all make our communities safer. Her involvement with this organization has given her invaluable information about how to keep our kids safe.

Amid the staggering numbers of gun-related fatalities that occur in the U.S. every year, there are many ways you can own guns and still maintain safe practices to protect you, your family and your community from these unnecessary incidents.

Knowing how to practice gun safety is key, but it’s also important to know how having guns in your home that aren’t secure can affect all of us. We’ve compiled some shooting statistics and safety tips to help you make the smartest decisions when it comes to guns.

Article Overview

Gun Injuries & Fatalities In The U.S.

Gun violence is a media hotbed these days, for many good reasons. But while the media tends to focus on mass shootings and police-related shootings (the headline makers), there are many other statistics that are important for gun owners to know.

Overall Gun-Related Deaths

There were 39,773 gun deaths in 2017 in the U.S., up by more than 1,000 from the previous year (the latest stats from the CDC). Of these, nearly 60% were suicides and 37% were homicides.1

Children & Teens

  • A 2016 University of Michigan study found that guns are the second leading killer of children in the U.S., after car crashes. Among these firearm deaths, 59% were homicides, 35% were suicides and 4% were unintentional injuries.2
  • In 2018, more than 2,800 teens (age 12-17) and 670 children (age 0-11) were killed or injured from guns.3


In the last several years, nearly two-thirds of annual gun-related deaths have been due to suicide. And this number keeps rising.1 It’s a sobering statistic for sure, but it speaks volumes about the importance of practicing gun safety at home, first and foremost.

Accidental Shootings

There’s promising news when it comes to accidental shootings. These statistics are a testament to the importance of gun safety awareness.

  • The rate of deaths resulting from unintentional shootings fell 48% from 1999 to 2015. There were 489 people killed in accidental shootings in the U.S. in 2015, down from 824 deaths in 1999, according to the CDC.4
  • The number of unintentional shootings declined from 2016-2018 (from 2,201 down to 1,647). 3

How To Practice Gun Safety At Home

If you own handguns, rifles or other types of firearms, gun safety starts at home. It’s also important to teach your kids about gun safety.

Gun Safe under deskInvest In A Gun Safe

Having a secure gun safe at home to store your handguns and hunting rifles is one of the best ways to practice gun safety. We recommend the best gun safes that can help you secure all of your firearms from curious kids and home intruders — and protect your guns from fire and water damage. Our reviews cover security measures, ease of access, pricing and other factors to give you the most secure and affordable options available on the market.

Kid reaching in drawer for gun (caption: The Importance Of Gun Safety For Kids)Gun Safety For Kids

How do you begin to keep your children safe from the prevalence of guns in the U.S.? It’s a question many of us parents ask ourselves every day. If you worry about this for your kids — and you should — we recommend reading our article about gun safety for kids.


How To Help Prevent School Shootings

Police entering classroom with guns (caption: How To Prevent School Shootings)While gun safety starts at home, there’s much more you can do as a parent or a concerned citizen to help keep our children and teens safe from guns. Our article on how to prevent school shootings has a wealth of tips and resources on how you can get involved with local schools and with regional and national organizations that are devoted to reducing the incidences of school shootings.

Tip: Consider A Stun Gun Or Taser

A safe way to protect yourself when you’re at home or out alone is by arming yourself with a stun gun or taser, rather than a firearm that an attacker could use against you with fatal consequences. We review some of the most reliable and affordable stun guns and tasers for you to consider.

What tips do you have for others to keep their guns safe and secure in their homes?

Sources: [1] The New York Times, [2]  New England Journal of Medicine, [3] Gun Violence Archive, [4] Los Angeles Times

About The Author:

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations, Sally began a long career researching and writing about hard-to-understand topics, such as insurance and finance.

Her additional experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations and financial planning at various foundations and nonprofit organizations over the years has given her the practical tools to inform consumers about making the smartest business and personal financial decisions. Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

Speaking of smart living — growing up in the (at-the-time) per-capita murder capital of the U.S. (Richmond, VA) taught her a thing or two about the need for personal and home safety. Sally stays on top of all the latest gadgets and services to protect her and her teenage daughters from potential predators and thieves. And she brings this knowledge to every article she writes.

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