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moms demand action logoWhether you’re a concerned parent or not, you can’t help but be aware of the rise in gun violence occurring in this country. So much so, that it’s almost become a staple topic of the evening news…a shooting in a school, a movie theater or just another disgruntled person gone haywire. Even if you’re a card carrying member of the NRA, it’s obvious that some sort of change needs to take place. My friend and fellow mom, Jamie, who also happens to be a very active member of Moms Demand Action, was kind enough to share some interesting stats about guns purchased for in home/personal use.

Did you know …
o The presence of a gun in your home significantly increases your risk of death – and that of your spouse and children – from a gun-related accident, suicide or homicide.
o The presence of a gun in the home for protection is more commonly taken over by and used against you by the intruder.
o If you were to properly and responsibly store a gun in your home, the likelihood that you could retrieve it in time to thwart an intruder is slim.
o The number of American children and teens killed by guns in 2010 was five times higher than soldiers killed that year in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
o Every day in this country 245 people are shot by guns.

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