Guns & Safety: Be SMART & CALM

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Part 1

Be SMART-Five Steps to Keep Children & Teens Safe From Gun Injury & Death | 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Kids will be kids. They won't always make smart decisions about their own safety. Curious or impulsive kids may find and touch and unsecured gun, even if they've been told not to. The Be SMART campaign focuses on education about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. Moms Demand Action volunteers, Freda McKee and Barbara Reading, will encourage parents to Be SMART and help prevent unintentional shootings by children.

Part 2

CALM- Conversations on Access to Lethal Means | 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Firearms are the most lethal means used in a suicide attempt. The Safer Homes Collaborative presents CALM, a suicide prevention training developed for all audiences. CALM informs participants of the role they can play in preventing suicide by reducing access to lethal means, including firearms, teaches how to identify and talk to someone who may be at risk of suicide, and provides options to encourage safer storage of lethal means as a way to prevent tragedy. Kurt Dudenhoeffer and Joshua Evans will co-present the training, which is not anti-gun but rather anti-suicide.