This Father’s Day, parents, friends, and other supporters of gun violence prevention will join the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in cities throughout the country to host America’s Largest Playdate in celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the ASK Campaign and National ASK Day on June 21. ASK Day encourages parents and guardians to talk to one another about the risks of children having access to unlocked guns in the home.
America’s Largest Playdate events and ASK Day activities are happening in many different cities across the country, including Playdate events in Brooklyn, NY, Boston, Washington, DC, Williston, SC, and Los Angeles. These five events will all take place starting at 2:00 pm EST on June 21st.
Playdate events will feature food and entertainment, and participants will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest game of Telephone to highlight the importance of asking: Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?
ASK (Asking Saves Kids) is an awareness campaign that promotes a simple idea with the potential to keep kids safe and prevent youth gun deaths and injuries. The ASK Campaign is a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has promoted the ASK message to its 62,000 members across the country.
The ASK Campaign has successfully inspired 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play. The campaign is part of the Brady Center’s efforts to change the national discourse on guns in the home. Most Americans believe that having a gun in the home makes their children safer, when in fact it makes them less safe.
Nearly 1.7 million children in America live in a home with loaded, unlocked gun and every year, thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. In fact, 80 percent of unintentional firearm deaths involving kids under 15 occur in the home. And in two-thirds of school shootings, the gun comes from the home of a parent or relative. These deaths can be prevented by making sure that guns in the home are locked, unloaded, and stored properly.
For more information about ASK Day events, visit http://www.askingsaveskids.org/events.