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WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: He could have died

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

The family of two-year-old Demarion Fuller is glad that he’s alive this week. The youngster was shot last week when his mother’s pistol fell out of her pocket. His grandmother worried that Demarion could have died and described the incident as a "wake-up call."

There was no wake-up call this week for six-year-old Charlis Fleming. He died when he was shot in the face. The shooting was ruled an accident, but an adult was charged with a crime for leaving a gun within the reach of children.

Researchers recently interview hundreds of parents who own guns and found that only a third of them said they stored their guns safely. The National Rifle Association recommends teaching your children about gun safety even if you do not own a gun yourself.The NRA says that there are guns in about half of all U.S. households.

So, even if you don’t own a gun, chances are good that your child could come in contact with a gun at a neighbor's house.

Demarion Fuller’s family got a wake up call. Not every child is that lucky.

That’s my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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