21 June: ASK about guns to keep your children safe

The ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids) aims to prevent accidental gun injuries among children by urging parents to ask the question "Is there a gun where your child plays?". According to PAX - the center to Prevent Youth Violence, over 40% of homes in the US with children have a gun, and many of those guns are left unlocked or loaded.

Pax advices, "If the answer is YES, you have to determine if your child's safety is at risk. Guns should be kept in a gun safe with the ammunition locked separately or they pose a real risk to your child. Hiding guns is not enough. There are countless tragic stories of kids finding guns that parents thought were well hidden or safely stored. If you have any doubts about the safety of someone's home, you should politely invite the children to play at your house instead".

The national 'ASK Day' takes place on the first day of every summer, 21 June, a time of year when children play more often in other homes. PAX and other organisations in the US are using the day to raise arwareness among parents about the dangers of unsecured guns in homes, and encourage them to talk to their children about what to do if they find a gun.

More information about the initiative is available on the campaign website.