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Mission Statement:

“To reduce death/injury related to firearms through broad based and preventive strategies to promote a safe (violence free) environment for our children.”

The Durham County Gun Safety Team provides education on protecting our children from gun injury and death. We have information in both English and Spanish.

According to the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System, during 2004 – 2005 among youth ages 21 years & younger:

 blue_arrow    Durham County had the fourth highest number of youth firearm deaths among all 100 counties. 
 blue_arrow    Durham County had 14 gun related deaths.
 blue_arrow    About every other month there was a fatal shooting in Durham County.
 blue_arrow    One in every 18 youths killed by guns in NC has been from Durham County.

1 in every 3 homes has a gun.

ASK your relatives, friends and neighbors if they have a gun before sending your kids over to play or visit.

  • If NO - one less worry

  • If YES – is gun unloaded & locked?  Make sure it is a safe place for your child to play.

DID YOU KNOW in the US. . .

 red_arrow     Our  youth are more likely to die from a  gun injury than any medical illness or motor vehicle crash
 red_arrow    Most  gun deaths are suicides NOT homicides
 red_arrow    There  is a 5 times greater risk of suicide in a home with a gun
 red_arrow    Youth  are naturally curious and impulsive;  they may touch a gun regardless of what they have been taught
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Of gun-owning parents:gun

43% keep gun unlocked
14-30% keep gun loaded
6-14% keep at least one gun
loaded and unlocked

 red_arrow    For  every gun death there are 4 to 7 people  who suffer from gunshot wounds which may result in permanent disability
 red_arrow    "The  American Academy of Pediatrics affirms that the  most effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries to children and  adolescents is the absence of guns from homes and communities"

 

Some of Our Outreach Programs Include:

  • Businesses
  • Schools - Fairs, Activities & PTA's
  • Civic Organizations
  • Health Fairs
  • Health Care Clinics
  • Religious & Faith-Based Communities
  • Childcare Centers
  • Community Events

Ways to Prevent Gun Deaths and Injuries:

Safest way to store gun:

 

  • Unloaded & locked
  • Ammunition kept separate & locked
  • Keep key away from young hands