Summer’s in and school is out, and children across the country are spending their vacation time playing together in each other’s homes. But one-third of American households with children also have guns. A quarter of those weapons?are always loaded, and over 40 percent of them aren’t kept locked. And 75 percent of those household’s kids know where the guns are kept. That awareness of the weapons, combined with common kid curiosity, could be responsible for about one out of every six accidental child shootings, too, and which happens about nine times every day in the U.S. So before you let your child visit a friend’s house, a recent public awareness campaign suggests, you should ask that friend’s parents about guns in the home, and request they be locked away. As the new ?Asking Saves Kids? promotion says:
Hiding guns is not enough. Just talking to kids is not enough. Kids are curious and if they find guns they’re likely to play with them.
Operated by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, this current promotion included a recent ?National Ask Day,? offering the telling graphic displayed below. Parents shouldn’t feel uncomfortable about asking other moms and dads, either. Citing a national survey, the Brady Campaign says that 93 percent of gun-owning households with children wouldn’t mind being asked that question. Check out the detailed graphic below, and feel free to share it with many others. You can download banners, brochures and posters from the ?Asking Saves Kids? site, and help promote public awareness on this issue, too. Who knows? You might help save a child’s life.
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