On ASK Day, Dr. Pan & The Brady Campaign Remind Parents to ASK: “Is There an Unlocked Gun in Your House?”

Guns are the 2nd leading cause of death among children and teens

June 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO– Parents joined with Dr. Richard Pan, the California Brady Campaign and other community members outside of the UC Davis Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) to remind parents that one of the most effective ways to keep kids safe and out of the ED is to ASK other parents if there are any unlocked guns in their homes before sending children over to play. 

“Accidental deaths from loaded guns within the home are preventable,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region. “By simply asking if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where our children play, we can save their lives.”

“The ASK Campaign saves lives. Since its inception 17 years ago, the ASK campaign has inspired 19 million households to ask this lifesaving question. Our 28 Brady Chapters throughout California promote the ASK campaign and safe firearm storage in their communities, stated Rebecca Gonzales from The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Earlier this week, the California State Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 62, which named June 21, 2017 as Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Day. ASK Day is held annually on the first day of summer when children typically spend more time in other homes. 

One out of three homes with children has guns, many left unlocked or loaded. Yet, nationally, more than half of parents say it has never occurred to them to ask about the presence of guns where their children play. 

“Every single day parents make very rational choices regarding their kid’s safety—making sure that seatbelts are buckled, bicycle helmets are worn, healthy food is eaten, and TV/internet time is limited.  But when it comes to gun safety, the same logical approach is not taken with our loved ones. We can help protect those we love by asking the right questions about gun safety.” said Dr. Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases, UC Davis Children's Hospital.

For more than a decade, the ASK Campaign has partnered with over 400 grassroots organizations to spread its message in neighborhoods nationwide. The ASK Campaign is a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics who promotes the ASK message to its 62,000 members across the country. The ASK Campaign has successfully inspired 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play. For more information, please go to: www.askingsaveskids.org.

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