A DIANE SAWYER SPECIAL: "YOUNG GUNS" -
WHAT REALLY HAPPENS WHEN PARENTS ARE NOT IN THE ROOM
The "20/20" Report on Kids, Guns and Home Safety
Airs Friday, January 31 at 10:00 P.M., ET on ABC
In a one-hour special, hidden cameras reveal shocking examples of what children do when left alone with a gun in the house. "Young Guns," a "20/20" report, airs FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 at 10:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. ABC Anchors Diane Sawyer and David Muir explore the issue of kids and guns in interviews across America with parents who expose their young children to guns to demystify them, and parents who believe a gun is only secure from kids when it is in a safe.
Sawyer goes to a New Jersey neighborhood to talk to families about their attitudes on gun safety in the home. She also finds out whether or not they know if their neighbors have any unsecured guns and if this factor could pose a risk to their child during play dates.
The special includes interviews with parents who have lost their children to unsecured guns in their own home or at their neighbor's house, and kids who surprise their parents by showing them where guns are "hidden."
On the other end of the spectrum, Muir travels the country talking to parents who own guns who are convinced that educating a child about the dangers of guns is part of the solution. Many of those parents believe that teaching their children how to shoot at a young age will diminish curiosity and ensure their children's safety around firearms.
Muir interviews a man who hosts gun parties for children as young as 3-years-old and a family who teaches their 14-year-old and 4-year-old daughters to shoot guns as an introduction to gun safety.
This special will shine a light on whether or not keeping a gun in the home can successfully thwart a home intruder and if a family can protect itself if the gun is locked away.
Sawyer and Muir will be having a live conversation around "Young Guns" on Twitter before, during and after the broadcast.
David Sloan is executive producer of "Young Guns" and "20/20."