Archive for Thursday, December 29, 2005

Statewide coalition warns about shooting firearms into air

December 29, 2005

The Safe Kids Kansas group cautions: What goes up will come down.

Across Kansas, families are preparing to ring in the New Year. While most families celebrate the holidays safely and responsibly, some celebrate with the dangerous tradition of shooting off firearms into the air.

"It is important to remember that what goes up will come down, and when a bullet comes down it is traveling at a fatal velocity," says Jan Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator.

For example, a bullet fired into the air can climb two miles and remain in flight for more than a minute. The bullet can travel and fall up to 2 1/2 miles away. When it falls back to earth, the bullet can reach a speed of 300 to 700 feet per second. A speed of only 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.

Safe Kids Kansas reminds everyone to celebrate safely this New Years Eve and be sure to report any instances of shots fired in your neighborhood to local law enforcement. For more information about firearm safety, visit www.safekids.org.

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