OUR TURN: Kids and Guns

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge police took the unusual step this week of calling on parents to search their kids' bedrooms for guns.

In a video posted on the department's Facebook page, Deputy Chief Herbert Anny called on parents and guardians to step up.

"We want to encourage all family members, loved ones, parents, legal guardians to check their kids' rooms for weapons," said Anny.

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The video may seem like a reach to some, but desperate times call for desperate measures. As of Monday, BRPD had investigated 37 murders in the city, which is well ahead of last year's record pace.

Parents may be hesitant to rummage through their kids' stuff but being a parent means taking ownership of what your kids are doing. And, Anny said the department often hears parents saying they had no idea their child possessed a gun. He added that many times, gun-related incidents involving youths are accidental.

So parents, take this simple step and make sure your kids don't have easy access to guns in the house. It could save their lives or the lives of other innocent people.

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