SMITHTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Each Christmas, there are children around America who unwrap a new, non-powder gun. These guns include BB, pellet, and paintball. While many parents may believe such guns to be harmless, and even see them as a toy, statistics suggest otherwise. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 20,000 injuries result from these types of guns each year, with four percent of them requiring hospitalization.
"These guns are not toys at all, and they can certainly do damage both to people and to animals," explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. "In our line of work, we have seen it often – kids who shoot at animals just for fun, and leave them distressed and injured. These guns create problems that parents are not even usually aware of."
Here are 5 tips for parents who may have a child with one of these non-powder guns, or who are considering getting one for them:
"There are many problems that can arise when children have these guns," added Misseri. "People may mistakenly think your child is actually holding a high-powered gun, or your child may get a taste for shooting things and move on to bigger targets. It's really best to just avoid a BB gun purchase all together, which helps avoid potential problems later on."
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food, shelter, and find foster home placement. They have also been instrumental in helping the animals that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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American Academy of Pediatrics. Injury Risk of Nonpowder Guns. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/114/5/1357.full
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