Texas State Rifle Association: Don't Ask Parents of Child's Play Date If Their Guns are Secured

| by Michael Allen

Alice Tripp, the legislative director for the Texas State Rifle Association, recently advised parents not to ask their child's play date's parents if they have guns secured in their home.

The Texas State Rifle Association is affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

According to Talking Points Memo, Tripp told the Austin American-Statesman last Friday, "I wouldn’t ask it. I would not think of it. It’s like asking, 'How do you handle your bug spray or a sharp, pointy knife?' I teach my children and grandchildren gun safety. That’s the best insulation."

However, the question was not about Tripp's personal gun safety lessons, but rather a third party's gun safety or lack of.

"Are children left alone?" added Tripp. "That would bother me most of all."

However, Kellye Burke, a spokeswoman for the gun safety group Moms Demand Action and a Houston mom, believes parents should make sure that the parents of their child's play date have their guns locked up.

“Would I rather make myself be slightly embarrassed or find out my kid shot himself in the head?” Burke told the Austin American-Statesman.

“We have overwhelming evidence that kids still check it out, still pull the trigger, still point it,” added Burke.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reported in a 2013 study that approximately 7,500 children in the U.S. are admitted to hospitals each year with gunshot wounds and 500 die in the hospital. This study didn't count the children who died from gunshots and never made it to the hospital.

In a report entitled “United States Gunshot Violence—Disturbing Trends,” researchers found that "a significant association between the percentage of gunshot wounds occurring in the home and the percentage of households containing any firearms, loaded firearms and unlocked loaded firearms."

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, Austin American-Statesman, Talking Points Memo