Detroit gun club steps up firearm safety education with free gun locks

The Black Bottom Gun Club is the local chapter of the National African-American Gun Owner Association – and focuses on the safe storage of firearms.

Detroit’s Black Bottom Gun Club offers free locks with gun safety education

A 3-year-old and a 13-year-old were shot dead in two separate but similar incidents on Tuesday. Police say in both cases, other children picked up loaded firearms and pulled the trigger while playing with them to shoot the teenager and toddler.

“Yes, as a Second Amendment citizen, I have the right to carry a firearm, but the things that go with it can change my life, kids; life,” said Derek Binford, Black Bottom Gun Club.

And some Detroit families were reminded of this harsh reality Tuesday after children were given access to unsecured firearms.

The Black Bottom Gun Club plans to take to the streets this weekend to hand out gun locks and firearms safety brochures.

“We’re going to have a boot in the Six Mile and Lahser neighborhoods this Saturday, March 13th,” said Binford. “We’re going to make a difference. We have to make a change, and that change has to be the result of actual action.”

A 3-year-old and a 13-year-old were shot dead in two separate but similar incidents on Tuesday.

Police say in both cases, other children picked up loaded firearms and pulled the trigger while playing with them to shoot the teenager and toddler.

It’s a recurring tragedy in Detroit: a 4-year-old accidentally shot himself on January 24th.

A few days earlier, a 5-year-old died after his 18-month-old cousin shot him.

In all four cases, children mishandled weapons that they should not have had access to.

“If we’re going to be honest, once is too much, isn’t it?” said Chad King, member of the Gun Club. “And what we’ve seen so far is much more than too many.”

The boots of the Black Bottom Gun | Club on the ground have been in the works for weeks. The shootings on Tuesday underscore the importance.

“We’re distributing these, not just providing the locks, because that’s something they can get and something that is tangible,” King said. “But we provide the intangible part that is the educational part – understanding how to store firearms safely, understanding the rules of safe use, understanding what to do and what not to do when you are at home or at bump into someone else’s gun. “

Binford says they are the same points that he and other members of the club teach their children.

“I showed them and told them if they see someone they go to a friend’s house and get a gun: stop, go, call mom or dad. Things like that can be lifesaving right there,” he said.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that by 2020 more than 8 million Americans bought a gun for the first time.

But not everyone has received adequate education and training in the age of social distancing. The Black Bottom Gun Club says the right to keep and carry guns comes with weighty responsibilities.

“Take the law seriously,” said King. “Take responsibility seriously because if you don’t do this, you are putting lives at risk.”

To learn more about the Black Bottom Gun Club, go to blackbottomgunclub.com

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