Every 3 hours an American mother is told her child has died from gun violence.
Common sense gun laws can stop this deadly cycle, but parents can also make a huge difference.
It is a known fact that every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult. Here in America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, many kept unlocked or loaded. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result through homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings.
Gun violence is complicated, but keeping guns secured and out of the hands of kids is not. Guns can be stored more safely by keeping them unloaded and locked up, using a gun safe/trigger lock, and keeping bullets in a separate locked location. Storing guns responsibly means fewer guns being carried into our schools, fewer tween and teen firearms suicides, and fewer unintentional child shootings.
Parents ask all sorts of questions before their children visit other homes, so it's time to ASK about guns. States United is partnering with The Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Campaign to encourage 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.
The ASK Campaign was created by a collaboration of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Across the country, it has successfully inspired an estimated 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play.1