Cicilline Encourages Safe Gun Storage on National ASK Day

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today introduced H.Res.1192, a Congressional resolution recognize June 21 as National Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Day.

The National ASK Day initiative, led by Brady, encourages parents to ask each other – “Is there a loaded, unsecured gun in your house?” National ASK Day is meant to prevent family fire, shootings involving an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home that results in death or injury. Unintentional shootings, suicides, and intentional shootings are all forms of family fire.

“Guns are now the leading cause of death in American children. Each day, 8 children are unintentionally killed or injured by family fire. This is completely unacceptable – especially since many of these tragedies could be prevented if the gun used was unloaded and locked away safely,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Asking a simple question – is there a loaded, unsecured gun in your house? – will save lives.”

46 million American children live in a home with an unlocked or unsupervised gun and one in five children having handled a gun without adult supervision. More than three-fourths of school shootings are facilitated by children having access to unsecured and/or unsupervised guns at home. Securing firearms can and will save lives.

National ASK Day was first recognized in 2001. The initiative was established in honor of 13-year old John Price, who was killed in an accidental shooting a friend’s house in 1998. His mother, Carole, later served as honorary Chairwoman for the ASK Day initiative.

ASK resources are available from Brady here.


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