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.
If you’re like most parents, you probably have some questions the first time your child asks to play with a new friend or in a new place. How will they be supervised? Are the TV shows and games age-appropriate? What about Internet access and pets and allergies? However, we’ve learned that there’s one important question that over half of parents never think to ask:
“Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?”
In the United States, 1 out of 3 homes with kids have guns. Nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with an unlocked, loaded gun. Every parent knows that children are curious creatures. They like to explore, and if there’s an accessible gun in someone’s home, there’s a good chance they’ll find it. At the Brady Center, we hear stories every day where a child found a gun that parents thought was hidden or safely stored, and too often those stories end in tragedy.
Our goal is to make sure that your child is never a character in one of those stories. We believe that the simple act of asking saves kids. Before your child goes to play in a new space, take a moment to ask, “Is there an unlocked gun in the house?”
It may feel a little awkward, but it could save your child’s life.
To take the pledge or learn more about our ASK campaign, please visit askingsaveskids.org.