Your Children and Guns: Safety Inside the Home

BLAINE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Inside Cheri Arnette's classroom at Blaine Elementary School, camouflage covers just about everything. You could say it's her favorite season, hunting, all-year-round.

Her passion for hunting, and her students opens the door to a conversation about gun safety.

Much like the students she teaches, Cheri grew up in a home with guns.

"We got curious," she said, but her dad made sure there was little left to the imagination. "He did expose it to us, how they work. We knew how to use them, so the more we knew about them the less curious we were."

It's the same approach she's taking with her daughters. Her ten-year-old, Ashley has her own gun, it's locked away in the safe.

Ashley has felt the impact of pulling the trigger and she knows the consequences of pulling the trigger.

"It's very dangerous, it can hurt you really bad or even kill you," Ashley said.

There are guns in their home that aren't secure.

Ashley says she knows where they are and she would be in a lot of trouble if she ever went near them.

The tragic death of a two-year-old, in Cumberland County Kentucky, when her five-year-old brother pulled the trigger on his gun can serve as a lesson to any family.

Cheri says it is something she's thought about.

"Not as much now, but when they were younger that thought crossed my mind, a lot. The biggest issue, the one thing I really look at is when they have a friend over that may not have guns in their home. Definitely, you are very strict about where they are."

Cheri says talking to the parents of your children's friends to let them know there are guns in the home is not a bad idea.

"At a very early age you have to expose them you have to be realistic, you can't be superficial, it's dangerous you have to expose them and sometimes it's not pretty but you have to communicate."

28-states have a cap law. Meaning the person who owns the gun could be charged if a child gets a hold of it.

Kentucky is the only state, in our region, with that law.


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