In 2022, accidental shootings ranked as the leading cause of death for children according to a study published by the Kaiser Family Foundation. A group of local residents recently raised funds through End Family Fire, a firearms safety program organized by the Brady Center (BradyUnited.org), to display two billboard advertisements (one on Route 9 near Martinsburg and the other on Route 51 in Inwood) encouraging safe firearm storage.
The goal of the End Family Fire program is to end shootings that involve an improperly stored or misused firearm in the home. Through locally-sponsored advertising programs, End Family Fire encourages gun owners and non-gun owners alike to talk about safe gun storage and keep our community, and especially our children, safe. To assist with this effort, contact Lee Doty at firstname.lastname@example.org.By Staff Contributor