As many of you may know, I dedicate a majority of my pro bono time to the gun violence prevention (GVP) world. This year I joined the board of directors for States United to Prevent Gun Violence (SUPGV) and am part of a larger coalition of groups working on GVP.
This year I also worked to get the City of Falls Church (where I live) and the School Board to officially proclaim June 21st ASK day. Last week both bodies voted to do this.
The One Question That Could Save Your Child’s Life
“My child has peanut allergies, do you have peanuts in the home?”
“My child is learning to swim, do you have a pool cover and gates around your pool?”
“Is there an unlocked gun in the home where my child plays?”
What is ASK?
In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result.
The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play.
Parents ask all sorts of questions before their children visit other homes. They ask about pets in the house, discuss allergies and Internet access, and ask questions about supervision. ASK encourages parents to add one more question to this conversation: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” It’s a simple question, but it has the power to save a child’s life.
Every parent cares about the safety of their children. ASK allows parents to play an active role in keeping kids safe. Any parent can make a difference by asking, and encouraging others to do the same.
For more than a decade, the ASK Campaign and its supporters have partnered with over 400 grassroots organizations to spread its message in neighborhoods nationwide. The ASK Campaign has successfully inspired 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play.
The ASK Campaign is a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics who has promoted the ASK message to its 62,000 members across the country.
When your child goes to play at someone’s house, you should ask, “Is there a gun at your house?” If the answer is yes, ask how it is stored. To be most safe, the gun should be locked up, unloaded, with the ammunition locked separately. If that’s how the family stores their guns, you’re good. If it’s not, well, maybe it might be better to play elsewhere.