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Is Education Good Enough?

No. Education alone does not change gun handling and storage behaviors in kids or adults.

Research shows that gun owners who have received gun safety training, including training in gun storage practices, are more likely (by two folds) to store their guns in the least safe way – loaded and unlocked (Nordstrom et al, 2001). 

Research also shows that programs aimed at educating children about the dangers of guns are not effective by themselves in reducing inappropriate gun use (Hardy 2002; Dolins and Christoffel 1994; Jackman 2001; Himle and Miltenberger 2004).  Children who participate in these programs are no less likely to play with guns than others.  Rather than having parents to acknowledge the danger guns in the home pose for children, these programs place the burden of responsibility on the children themselves.


Dolins J, Christoffel K.  Pediatrics, 1994.
Hardy M. Journal of Deviant Behavior Pediatrics, 2002.
Himle M, Miltenberger R. Pediatrics, 2004.
Jackman G, Farah M, Kellermann A, Simon H. Pediatrics, 2001
Nordstrom D, Zwerking C, Stromquist A.  Injury Prevention, 2001