St. Louis firefighters give gunlocks after accidental shootings

“At the height of last summer, we saw a child shot dead in our emergency room every other day on average.”

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Fire Department participates in efforts to combat gun violence by distributing free gun locks at fire departments and in some neighborhoods. After a 4-year-old girl was shot dead that weekend, the department wants to prevent future incidents.

“We are known to run into the fire,” said Chief Dennis Jenkerson. “We can’t see these kids hurt any longer by senseless shootings.”

The “Lock It For Love” campaign was launched by Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, a non-profit organization that helps combat social problems. In the six-year campaign, 7,200 locks were distributed.

Other community organizations also help distribute locks and information to prevent accidental shootings.

Gun locks could prevent 1/3 of the accidental shootings and deaths, Mayor Lyda Krewson said.

“It has been shown that children by the age of 3 or 4 know where the gun is in their home and that they are naturally curious,” said the mayor.

The children’s hospital said 2020 will be the busiest year in gun injury treatment, said Dr. Lindsay Clukies from St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

“I’ll never forget the parents’ screams I hear when I have to spread this kind of news,” said Clukie. “At the height of last summer, we saw a child shot dead in our emergency room every other day on average.”

The locks are donated. $ 5 can save a life. Donate via this link.

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