Preventing tragedies involving firearms

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RAYMOND, Miss.(WJTV) – A tragedy involving an 11-year-old girl is putting gun safety in focus. 

On Sunday, Asia Turner died after accidentally shooting herself in the face with a firearm that was left unsecured in her home. 

WJTV 12’s Lanaya Lewis spoke with a firearm specialist from Boondocks Firearms Training Academy about how incidents like these impact gun owners in the long run. 

General Manager Chad Winkler explained, ” A kid getting themselves injured is a tragedy for the family, but it’s also a big set back for the Second Amendment rights and gun rights community.” 

Winkler says with the advancement of technology there’s no need to freely hide guns under pillows or in a nightstand. 

He says a few ways to protect everyone in the home is to invest in a gun case and teach children what to do if they encounter a gun. 

Winkler adds places like Boondocks offer programs for adults and children as young as Pre-K. 

He explained, a child is never too young to learn about gun safety. 

“We will come out there and explain to them how to become aware of what to do if they have a firearm in the house or if they find a firearm in the house… and they get a little backpack, they go through the process of learning these proper response.” 

Boonie the Sheepdog is used by Boondocks to teach children three important steps if they encounter a firearm. 

  1. Pause
  2. Turn your tail 
  3. Sniff out an adult. 

The 501(c) organization travels to schools, churches and daycares to educate children for free. 

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