REPRESENTING THE “BE SMART” PROGRAM, organized by Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, Eric Gaines was the guest speaker at the Shiawassee County Democrats meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at the Corunna Community Center. The Be SMART campaign is a nonpartisan public education effort directed to both gun owners and non-gun owners to reduce the number of unintentional shootings, suicides and homicides – particularly directed toward keeping children and teens safe. SMART emphasizes the need to “Secure” all guns in homes/vehicles, “Model” responsible behavior, “Ask” about unsecured guns in other homes, “Recognize” the role of guns in suicide and “Tell” your peers to be SMART.

   Nearly 300 unintentional shootings of children occur every year in the U.S. and almost 500 more commit suicide with a gun. The Be SMART campaign is focused on educating individuals on how to prevent these unnecessary gun-related deaths.

   More information is provided at, which outlines a number of available resources and tools, including materials that can be downloaded and information for parents/guardians to talk to their children about.

   Organizations interested in offering a Be SMART presentation, which generally takes about 20 minutes, can email

(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

Be SMART program was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by Karen Elford