Parents promote responsible gun ownership after losing daughter

LAS VEGAS - A local family is sending a message to parents around the valley to lock up their guns after losing their daughter to what they call irresponsible firearm ownership.

It was just one of the tips provided Saturday’s gun safety event hosted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at the Clark County Shooting Complex.

In 2013, a friend playing with a parent’s gun when she fatally shot 13-year-old Brooklynn Mae Mohler in the back. 

“She was president of her elementary school. She was a competitive gymnast. She was everything you'd want in your child. She'd walk by a sink of dirty dishes and wash them because it bothered her," said Jacob Mohler, Brooklynn’s father.

Mohler says irresponsible gun storage took his little girl's life.

“It wasn't my gun. It wasn't my house. So, it's not just about your level of safety in your own home, it's about where your kids visit," Mohler explained.

Brooklynn’s parents knew they needed to make a difference following her death. 

That's why they started the Brooklynn Mae Mohler Foundation which promotes responsible gun ownership and legislation.

They recommend parents should ask other parents if they keep unsecured firearms in their house.

"We were those overprotective parents that ask all the questions that make the kids uncomfortable, and that was the only thing we never thought to ask," Mohler said. 

Gun safety events like the one held on Saturday are opportunities for the Mohler's to spread the word.

"There's a lot of things we don't have control over but this isn't one of them,” Mohler said. 

City, county, and emergency responders also educated people about responsible gun ownership.

"I put a huge amount of responsibility on a person who owns a gun to make sure that it's locked up, put away that somebody who shouldn't have access to it, doesn't have access to it,” said Officer Vince D’Angelo, LVMPD.

Officials gave out free gun locks at the event. The latest in gun safes were also on display.

“This is something we can all prevent and it's too preventable to be acceptable," Mohler said. 

For more information on the Brooklynn Mae Mohler Foundation, you can visit the website by clicking here.


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