In Reply.—Dr Stolinsky assumes that since only 10% of these families kept their firearms in the most dangerous manner (loaded, not locked up, and in the reach of a child),1 all other families stored their firearms safely. In fact, half of the families kept the firearms loaded, and only 28% of the respondents said they kept their guns unloaded and locked away. Of course, there are many ways of looking at the data, but the information from our study and the national statistics2 indicates that many firearms are not being handled safely and that children are being killed as a result.
Dr Stolinsky stated in his letter that "In none of the families had a child been hurt by guns." We did not ask whether a child in the immediate family had been injured by a gun, so we do not have this information. We do know
Patterson PJ, Smith LR. Firearms in the Home-Reply. Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(9):939-940. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460090016007