Church to host program 'Be SMART with Firearm Ownership: Protect Children and Save Lives' on June 24


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ROCK TAVERN — Each year in the United States, nearly 300 children aged 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Nearly 500 more die by suicide with a gun.

On Sunday, June 24, at 1:15 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern fellowship, Jen Carhart-French will present a "Be SMART" framework developed to help parents and adults learn to prevent child gun deaths and injuries.

Carhart-French is a mother of three who grew up in a hunting environment. She knows firsthand the responsibilities associated with firearm ownership and the importance of education. At her home in Fairfax County, Virginia, she is a sought-after speaker on this topic.

According to the Be Smart website (http://besmartforkids.org/), "When it comes to having guns in the home, we can't rely on our kids to adhere to the rules we set. It's our responsibility - as adults - to Be SMART about safe gun storage"

The Be SMART campaign calls on all adults to prevent tragedies and save children's lives by following these simple steps:

• Secure all guns in your home and vehicles

• Model responsible behavior around guns

• Ask about the presence of unsecured guns

• Recognize the risks of teen suicide

• Tell your peers to be SMART.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern is located at 9 Vance Road, off Route 207 in the Town of New Windsor, three miles west of Stewart International Airport.

For further information, contact Linda Mangelsdorf at lncrn@aol.com or (845) 728-3260 (voice only, no text).



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