A Gun Safe St. Paul

by Carlo Subrina Montgomery | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

I would use my million dollars to bring together a group of St. Paul stakeholders determined to reduce the number of shootings and deaths of children from infancy to adulthood in St. Paul.

First, I would document the number of children killed by guns in St. Paul over the last thirty years to get a baseline and a determination of exactly what types of gun deaths the city has experienced over time.

Second, I would provide gun locks, lockable gun cases and gun safes at a reasonable price to gun owners.

Third, I would institute gun safety Public Service Announcement (PSA) programs in the media, over the Internet, on billboards and fast food place mats, etc. The first gun safety program would be geared towards parents where they would be asked to put locks on their guns and to lock their guns away in cases or safes so that their children of any age could not get them, ever. The campaign would highlight the number of St. Paul children shoot and/or killed over the years because they found their parents or caregivers gun. There would be PSAs for small children giving names, dates, times, locations, incidents, results of the child finding the gun. There would also be PSAs of school age children taking their own gun or their parents guns to school and either shooting or killing a classmate, teacher, principal or self. There would be PSAs of school age children who used a gun in their home to commit suicide. We would have a blunt, direct conversation of exactly what has been happening with guns when children get them.

I would also include the National Rifle Associations (NRA) "Eddie Eagle," program and make sure that it's played in all pre-schools, nurseries and schools for all the children and stress the importance of never pointing a gun at another person, ever.

I would also consider what the NRA has said about video games and allowing children to watch violent movies. I would have parent groups discuss this topic and decide what needs to be done.

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About You

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Carlo Subrina

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Montgomery

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Woodbury

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Washington

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United States, MN, Washington County

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A Gun Safe St. Paul

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

I would use my million dollars to bring together a group of St. Paul stakeholders determined to reduce the number of shootings and deaths of children from infancy to adulthood in St. Paul.
First, I would document the number of children killed by guns in St. Paul over the last thirty years to get a baseline and a determination of exactly what types of gun deaths the city has experienced over time.
Second, I would provide gun locks, lockable gun cases and gun safes at a reasonable price to gun owners.
Third, I would institute gun safety Public Service Announcement (PSA) programs in the media, over the Internet, on billboards and fast food place mats, etc. The first gun safety program would be geared towards parents where they would be asked to put locks on their guns and to lock their guns away in cases or safes so that their children of any age could not get them, ever. The campaign would highlight the number of St. Paul children shoot and/or killed over the years because they found their parents or caregivers gun. There would be PSAs for small children giving names, dates, times, locations, incidents, results of the child finding the gun. There would also be PSAs of school age children taking their own gun or their parents guns to school and either shooting or killing a classmate, teacher, principal or self. There would be PSAs of school age children who used a gun in their home to commit suicide. We would have a blunt, direct conversation of exactly what has been happening with guns when children get them.
I would also include the National Rifle Associations (NRA) "Eddie Eagle," program and make sure that it's played in all pre-schools, nurseries and schools for all the children and stress the importance of never pointing a gun at another person, ever.
I would also consider what the NRA has said about video games and allowing children to watch violent movies. I would have parent groups discuss this topic and decide what needs to be done.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

What makes my idea different and unexpected is that it is something that has never been attempted. It is so incredibly obvious that communities need to have an open, frank discussion about the use of guns around children, but we don't. We seem to feel that it's bad to discuss guns. I feel that an informed child, not matter how young is a child that will be better able to protect themselves.

I also feel that it's important this be a five year planned and the data collected to determine if gun deaths have decreased or God forbid, increased.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

My idea would make a difference in St. Paul because gun owners will become responsible and lock their guns away from their children. By locking guns away from children that will decrease the number of gun deaths.

One of the side benefits may be that criminals will not have access to guns when they break into homes if the gun is locked away. That may also decrease the availability of guns to criminals.

Also by openly educating all children about gun safety children will be better able to protect themselves. Even young children. Children will be able to say to another child, don't point that gun at me, put that gun away, we are not allowed to play with guns.

I recall at least gun deaths with two Hmong children, their parents and the children needed to be educated.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I feel that this idea is sustainable because it recognizes that there is a problem with gun deaths among young children, adolescents and teens, studies the problem and puts programs in place to address the problem.

Reportedly the CDC stopped documenting gun deaths among children, this idea would do just that, compare notes and determine future steps.

If this program is successful in reducing gun deaths among children, adolescents and teens other cities and states will try it. No one wants children to die because their parents are careless with how their weapons are stored.

This isn't about criminal background checks, assault weapons, ammo clips, it's about parents being responsible with their guns. We need no new laws, this is something that parents control and can change.

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