We know from research that the easy availability of firearms in a community is a risk factor for firearm-related death and injury.
Guns are stolen and used in other crimes, teens commit suicide with household guns, children are injured or killed accidentally from guns that are loaded or unlocked in the home, and students who do carry guns to school may get them from their home.
As state and local health departments and community hospitals, we care about issues that affect public health. For example, firearm-related death is the fourth leading cause of death from injury in Washington state. Reducing the number of firearm injuries will contribute to the overall health of Washington state. Public health works to keep communities safe and healthy.
We encourage people to keep medicines and other dangerous substances out of the reach of their children. We still work to keep home environments safe by identifying dangers such as lead paint, encouraging people to check their smoke detectors and identifying other safety risks to children. This campaign is very similar in keeping with the mission of public health.