ESSENCE Poll: Do You Feel Comfortable Having a Gun in Your Home With Kids?
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Sad news coming out of Missouri this week. A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his baby brother with a gun in his grandfather’s home on Monday, NBC News reports.

The 5-year-old found his grandfather’s .22-caliber revolver in the bedroom and accidentally shot his 9-month-old brother with the pistol. The baby was in the playpen when the bullet struck him in the head.

Their mother had stepped outside for a moment and rushed back inside to investigate a “pop” sound she heard in the bedroom. Her 5-year-old son approached her and said, “I’m sorry, mom. I shot Corbin.” The infant died from the injury.

Sadly, this isn’t the first instance we’ve heard of children accidentally hurting themselves and others with guns in the home. Earlier this month, 3-year-old Ta’Riyah Davis died after being shot in the stomach by her brother. In Kentucky, a similar tragedy took place last year when another 5-year-old shot his 2-year-old sister

Still, in the world we live in today, many families feel safer and better protected with a gun in their homes. After all, there are several steps you can take to make sure your firearm is secured that will ensure you’re keeping your family safe from intruders and from accidents.

What about you? Are you comfortable keeping a gun in the house with your children? Take our poll and sound off in the comments with your take on guns in the home.

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