Writing a letter to the editor | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Writing a letter to the editor

A great way to spread the ASK message is through your newspaper. Use the sample talking points below, and the sample letters, to help write your letter spreading the ASK message.

3 Steps to Send a Letter to the Editor:

  1. Click on the link: http://actions.bradycampaign.org/page/speakout/ask
  2. Use the talking points to draft your letter in the open field, and be sure to personalize it by including why you are ASKing.
  3. Select the newspapers where you want to send the letter, and then hit submit.

Helpful Tips:

  • Where possible, tie your letter to a recent news article or other letter
  • Include why ASKing is important to you
  • If you have personal experience with gun violence and are comfortable doing so, share your story – facts and statistics are more compelling with a personal story
  • Mention your stake or role in the community

Sample Talking Points to Include:

  • Every time we lose another child to gun violence, we hear outrage about the senselessness of the tragedy, and any proposed solutions often devolve into a polarizing debate over gun regulation.
  • This debate, although critical, obscures a tangible solution that all parents can and should do to protect their child.
  • ASK urges parents to ask their neighbors, friends, and relatives if there is an unlocked gun in the home before sending their children over to play.
  • Over one third of homes with children have guns. Many are kept unlocked and loaded, and every year thousands of children are killed or seriously injured as a result.
  • We can help reduce the risk of injury this year by ASKing a simple question before our children visit another home: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?”
  • One way to get involved is to sign the ASK pledge and commit to ASKing in your neighborhood.
  • Talking with other parents about a sensitive subject like guns in the home might be difficult, but the ASK Campaign hopes to make it easier, one conversation at a time.

ASK Letter to the Editor Sample Text

Every time we lose another child to gun violence, we hear outrage about the senselessness of the tragedy, and any proposed solutions often devolve into a polarizing debate over gun regulation. This debate, although critical, obscures a tangible solution that all parents can and should do to protect their child. ASK urges parents to ask their neighbors, friends, and relatives if there is an unlocked gun in the home before sending their children over to play.

Over one third of homes with children have guns. Many are kept unlocked and loaded, and every year thousands of children are killed or seriously injured as a result. We can help reduce the risk of injury this year by ASKing a simple question before our children visit another home: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?”

ASK empowers parents to play an active role in keeping our children safe. One way to get involved is to sign the ASK pledge and commit to ASKing in your neighborhood.

Talking with other parents about a sensitive subject like guns in the home might be difficult, but the ASK Campaign hopes to make it easier, one conversation at a time. Any parent can make a difference by ASKing, “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” It is something you can start doing today.

Visit www.askingsaveskids.org to learn more.