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Shooting death of 11-year-old in Streetsboro brings up gun safety concerns

Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 17:24:44-04

The disturbing case in Streetsboro this week, where a 13-year-old is accused of intentionally shooting and killing his 11-year-old brother, is bringing up a conversation about gun safety.

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"You have to watch got changes in behavior and anyone who's overly fascinated with weapons," said Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services.

According to Trump, paying attention to those signs, and communicating is important, just like dealing with a gun safely and securely. 

"We need to have open conversations with children, age-appropriate, about handling or not handling those and as an adult how we are going to secure weapons when we rightfully have those," he said.

In the Streetsboro case, police say the 13-year-old dismantled his grandparent's locked cabinet and stole the gun he used to shoot his younger brother.

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"We have to remember when we talk about securing things whether it's guns, schools or any place else in our society we are reducing the risk, not eliminating them," Trump said. "Conversations we have today are about reducing risk, not eliminating them," Trump said

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"We have to realize that the best defense is having conversations, communication, and education. The locks and the mechanisms are there as a tool, they present one barrier, but you get to the real part of it by having conversations with kids, having conversations as adults, and openly addressing these things and not assuming," Trump said.

The teen is scheduled to appear in court on May 8 at 1:30 p.m.

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