Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2015
Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson [at] bradymail [dot] org
ASK Campaign Seeks to Prevent Unintentional Child Shootings
WASHINGTON – National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day on June 21 – the first day of summer – reminds parents and caregivers of the importance of asking if there are unlocked guns in homes where their children play. In Georgia this year, there have already been seven shootings resulting in at least two deaths and five injuries.
“We are all saddened to hear that a 10-year-old boy was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on June 15 after being injured in an accidental shooting in an apartment complex in Dekalb County, Georgia,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “This is the latest in a disturbing trend of preventable shootings involving Georgia children who gained easy access to guns in the home. An unlocked gun in the home dramatically increases the chance that a child will be shot.”
“Many parents bring guns into the home believing that it makes their home safer. Every day parents across our country learn that is not true in an unimaginably tragic way.”
Every day, nine children and teens are shot unintentionally. 1.7 million children in America – including 104,700 in Georgia -- live with unlocked, loaded guns, according to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s recent report, “The Truth About Kids & Guns.”
This is why the Brady Center, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, is observing National ASK Day on June 21. Since ASK Day began in 2000, the ASK Campaign has inspired 19 million parents and counting to ask if there are unlocked guns where their children play. To learn how to ask, or how to participate in ASK Day events, visit AskingSavesKids.org/events.
News media have reported on six other unintentional shootings this year involved Georgia children who had access to unlocked guns in the home:
- Jan. 18, Baconton: 13-year-old Jackson O’Quinn was shot and killed by a hunting rifle in his home.
- March 10, Macon: An 8-year-old boy who found a gun in his home unintentionally shot and killed his 5-year-old brother.
- March 19, Chatsworth: A 2-year-old girl unintentionally wounded herself in the abdomen when she fired a .25-caliber gun.
- March 29, Jefferson: Three-year-old Jaxon Kullen White unintentionally shot and killed himself with a handgun that he found in a vehicle.
- April 29, Augusta: A 15-year-old boy unintentionally shot and killed his 1-year-old brother, Rasheem Scriven.
- May 19, Atlanta: A 9-year-old boy from Dekalb County unintentionally shot and injured himself while playing with a handgun that he found in a shoebox in his mother’s bedroom.
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