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Keeping the family safe when there is a gun in the home

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 12:12:25-04

LAFAYETTE, LA (KATC) — There's a renewed focused on gun safety after three accidental shootings took place in Acadiana over the weekend. According to The Advocate, a 16-year-old was arrested after accidentally shooting a 14-year-old.

Another accidental shooting took the life of a 2-year-old.

On Sunday, Mar'kavin Cormier died after being shot in his Lafayette home. His mother, and three others are now facing charges.

"I feel sorry for them, I really do, because this could have been simply avoided," George Fournet, owner of Post Exchange and concealed carry instructor said. He teaches classes on how to properly handle, and fire guns.

"This issue could have been rectified, I do it on a daily basis," Fournet said.

He personally feels that it is okay to have a fully loaded gun in your household. He says everyone should be properly educated on firearm safety.

"If people are not educated enough, then there are definitely things that can go wrong," Fournet said.

According to aftermath.com, more than 161,000 people died in 2016 from an unintentional shooting. Many blame firearms not being properly stored in homes. Fournet strongly encourages those with guns in their home, to bring their children to firearm classes.

"If you shun a child from something, it just appeals to their curiosity," he said.

Other ways to keep your children safe from accidental shooting incidents include gun locks, trigger locks, and to keep the gun unloaded.