June 21 is ASK Day, a campaign organized by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics — and supported by APHA — with a simple idea to keep children safe.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the NRA fails to mention any of the peer-reviewed, empirical research—including my own—that demonstrates again and again the ineffectiveness of child-focused gun safety programs.
The ASK Campaign has successfully inspired 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play.
A horrible tragedy occurred this week in a Paco County, Florida home: a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, shot his 16-year-old brother, and then shot and killed himself.
On a nearly daily basis I hear of a tragedy where a young person gets a hold of a gun and kills another child by accident. Just last week there were three reported deaths. It is heartbreaking and preventable.
I remember sitting on my grandmother’s lap as a child – one of her hands on my back, the other holding a cigarette. It’s surprising sometimes to think about the large shifts we’ve made in health-related behaviors in just one generation.