On the first day
of summer, June 21, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reminds parents to
ensure their kids are safe from guns before playdates by asking about gun
safety and storage. Firearm injuries are one of the top three causes of death
among children and teens—about 78 children, teens and young adults are injured
and killed every day by guns.
Here are 8
suggestions on how to participate in ASK
Day this year:
Start early by supporting National
Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 7. The event, AKA Wear Orange Day, supports the
issue of gun violence prevention, and it’s just a couple weeks before ASK
Day, so it’s a great opportunity to launch your gun safety campaign early.
Take a photo wearing orange, a color that symbolizes safety from gunfire,
and post it to your social media account on June 7 to show support. It’s
not too late to show support, people are participating all weekend!
gun safety on your social media platforms—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram—using the hashtag #ASKingSavesKids to remind people that the only way to make sure
children won’t find and use a gun it to lock it up, separately from
ammunition, and keep the keys and combinations out of little hands. When
children, teens and young people have access to guns without parental
oversight, tragic and permanent things can happen.
Write an Op-Ed for your local
newspaper on a relevant topic—i.e. parental responsibility, gun
regulations and laws, safety standards or the need for more research on
gun safety techniques. The AAP offers members help and training in Op-Ed
writing; visit the AAP’s Prevent Gun Violence Op-Ed Toolkit.
Call a local reporter and
pitch an interview on the topic of gun safety. Offer resources from the
AAP’s Gun Safety and Children
campaign site. Learn more at the AAP’s Working With the Media
Host an ASK Day Event
at your hospital, a local community center, the gun range or store in your
area or local schools to talk about the value of gun safety and asking
about guns in the home before playdates. During the event distribute gun
locks, ASK Day materials and/or gun safety brochures. Download
ASK Day Materials, posters, and other resources
for your waiting room.
Get involved in gun safety
advocacy efforts. Visit the AAP’s Federal Affairs
Advocacy Action Center
for more information.
Record a YouTube Video about
gun safety, gun regulations, or protecting kids from gun violence
(among other important related topics) and share your life-saving message
using the hashtag #ASKingSavesKids.
Announce a year-round
commitment to gun safety. This commitment could be to
talk to every family you see about gun safety and prevention, to offer
free gun locks out of your hospital to anyone who asks, or to display ASK
Day gun safety literature in your practice waiting room or exam rooms.
@2019 American Academy of Pediatrics