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Program teaches gun safety for kids amid accidental shootings in Louisville

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Luther Brown founded the program, "Little Hands-Little Feet," about three years ago, which stresses gun safety to kids. Luther Brown founded the program, "Little Hands-Little Feet," about three years ago, which stresses gun safety to kids.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Accidental shootings involving children are tragedies we've seen play out too many times in Louisville over the last few months. 

Police responded to two incidents at the same housing complex in west Louisville within about a month. 

Investigators say a 4-year-old girl shot herself with a stolen gun in August and survived. In September, a 3-year-old boy was killed when police say he shot himself with his dad's gun

"It's 97 percent preventable," Luther Brown said. "Children do not have to touch these guns and die from them." 

Brown founded the program, "Little Hands-Little Feet," about three years ago, which stresses gun safety to kids. 

"When it comes to guns, we teach them to stop, don't touch, call an adult," he said. 

His passion for protecting kids is fueled even more after what happened in January. Brown says his 8-year-old grandson was killed in a shooting. 

"He was a special child, and he left us too soon ... way too soon," Brown said. 

Andre Lamont O'Neal Jr.'s picture is now on the back of Brown's brochures. Elgin Anders was charged with reckless homicide for allegedly shooting the little boy. 

Anders told WDRB in January he was trying to put his gun away when it accidentally fired. 

"We can't bring him back," Brown said about his grandson. "But what I can do is to continue to talk about the importance of gun safety." 

Brown now plans to bring his program to the Parkhill Community Center, right down the street from where those two recent accidental shootings happened. 

"We're gonna be in that community, and we want to send our message to every parent," Brown said. 

Gun safety is just one part of the Little Hands-Little Feet program. Brown also introduces kids to police and first responders in a positive way and has activities like ice cream making planned. 

The Parkhill program starts in mid-October. 

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