ASK DAY is June 21st
You can have an important impact to improve GUN SAFETY and reduce GUN VIOLENCE.
It’s a day to share the ASK message and remind parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the home where their child plays. It falls on the first day of summer, marking a season when kids typically spend more time at the homes of friends and other family members.
Years ago public awareness was raised about protecting children from accidental access to prescription drugs. Now ASK is a campaign to raise awareness to protect children from unsupervised access to guns. In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result.
The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to make sure all guns in their own homes are secured and to ASK if there are unlocked guns in the homes where their children play.
The ASK Campaign comes to our attention through member Joan Peterson. It is a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics that promotes the ASK message to its 60,000 members across the country. The ASK Campaign has successfully inspired 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play.
WHY ASKING MATTERS
- 9 children and teens are shot each day in gun accidents
- 1in 3 homes with children have guns, many left unlocked or loaded
- 80% of unintentional firearm deaths of children under 15 occur in a home
ASK: “IS THERE AN UNLOCKED GUN IN YOUR HOUSE?”