Death of Teen Puts More Emphasis on Gun Safety | News
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have been trying to make sure gun owners know how to keep their firearms from getting into the wrong hands.
According to gun experts, a bullet can travel out of a medium sized 9 millimeter hand gun at more than 680 miles per hour. Faster than the human eye can blink and it takes that much time to change lives forever.
There have been at least 4 shootings involving kids playing with guns going back to 2009.
A six-year-old girl was shot in the chest while playing with an loaded handgun in the southwest valley in September of 2011. A 5-year-old was shot and killed by another boy playing with a gun he found in a toy chest.
In North Las Vegas, a 10-year-old boy was critically shot when he found a gun on a bookcase.
The most recent shooting involved 13-year-old Brooklyn Mohler being shot Tuesday afternoon.
More than 1,300 people were killed by unintentional shootings from 2005 to 2010 and 8 percent of those deaths were shots fired by children under the age of 6 according to the CDC.
Metro Police said gun ownership is not to be taken lightly with a 58% jump in gun registration and that's just in the first three months of this year.
There are now 1.2 million registered guns in Clark County as police said it's vital to secure the guns and teach kids the dangers of a firearm.
"As unfortunate as this tragedy is, it drives home the point the fact that we are trying to make, and that is weapons are lethal, they're deadly, and they're powerful," Metro Police Officer Bill Cassell said. "Kids especially have this TV concept of what happens when a gun goes off, that's not reality."
There are ways to teach kids and secure guns so they don't get into the wrong hands according to gun experts.
Tony Melendez is the store manager of Lock N Load in Henderson and said every hand gun sold in the United States by a licensed dealer comes with a gunlock by A.T.F. regulations.
"Of course is doesn't have to be so fortified that it's not accessible in the event of an emergency, but so that the gun doesn't become part of the emergency, certain measures need to be taken," Melendez said.
Police suggest locking up guns in safes or using gunlocks so the gun can't fire and teaching kids that a firearm should be respected that could save a life.