Viewpoint: Firearms require special care

The death of a Lee County teenager is a tragic reminder of the importance of safe gun handling.

The 17-year-old died on Father's Day when he tripped and fell while holding a loaded gun.

A simple mis-step, or accident, can cost you your life if there's a loaded gun in your hand.

That's why it's so important to never let your guard down.

If your gun has a safety, use it.

And if you're simply transporting a gun from one location to another, make sure it's unloaded.

And parents, talk to your children about gun safety.

Make sure young children never handle guns, and urge teens to use caution when handling them.

Guns are dangerous... that's why it's so important to do all we can to prevent injury and death.