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Gun Safety

Summer Gun Safety 

Seattle Public Schools’ top priority is the safety of students, families, and communities. During summer break and into the school year, we encourage you to ask about the presence of unsecured guns in any home your child visits. Never make assumptions when a child’s safety is at stake. Many unintentional shootings happen in the homes of relatives, friends, or caregivers. It’s important to ask each time your child visits, as storage practices and gun ownership may change.  

In 2020, there were a reported 45,222 firearm-related deaths in the United States—that’s 124 deaths a day. The years 2020 and 2021 were two of the highest on record for gun sales. With the increase in firearm sales and gun-related violence and deaths, it’s important to make sure firearms are stored securely. Secure gun storage is a public safety issue.  

Children and unsecured guns are a potentially lethal combination. Each year in the U.S., nearly 350 children ages 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Every year, nearly 700 children, 17 and under, die by suicide with a gun.     

It’s up to all of us to keep our children and communities safe. 

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