2018

Lock Box Giveaway Provides 'Another Piece of Insurance' to Prevent Gun Deaths

Lock Box Giveaway Provides 'Another Piece of Insurance' to Prevent Gun Deaths

John Livingston was among hundreds of people who lined up out the door at Sportsman's Warehouse for the chance to get a free gun lock box. Seattle Children's Hospital, with help from CHI Franciscan, provided him one of 350 lock boxes and 50 trigger locks free of charge, with help from various community organizations. The rationale: like any other safety device, the lock box could save lives by adding a layer of protection. "Just like you put a life jacket on to go out on the water, you put a seat belt on, you put a bike helmet on," said Elizabeth Bennett, Seattle Children's Hospital's director of community health. "When you lock up your firearm, you are creating a layer of protection that reduces the risk of injury and death." Part of the problem is that once the trigger is pulled, there's no undoing that action, said Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, Seattle Children's Hospital's chief medical officer. "There's no take-back," he said.

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