“So, um, do you, um, you know,” this was not going the way Claire hoped. What happened to her spine? Get a grip, she muttered to herself, “Huh?’ the neighbor could be heard on the other end of the phone.
Claire took a deep breath and blurted it out in one long breath, “Do-you- keep-any-guns-in-your-home-and-are-they-properly-stored-away?”
Her neighbor was quiet for a moment before saying softly, “Well, I’ve never been asked that before.”
Have you ever been asked that question? If not, the American Academy of Pediatrics is hoping to change that and make that simple question as common as questions about the weather, instead of feeling like asking someone how much they earn.
Just this year alone, and we’re barely into July, more than 90 kids have gotten their hands on loaded guns and accidently shot someone.
The AAP claimed June 21st as “Asking Saves Kids” Day, but really wants every day to be the day when you ask about guns in homes before you send your children there. The AAP cautions that more than a third of all unintentional shootings of children take place in the homes of their friends, neighbors, or relatives, making it imperative to put aside any discomfort and ask the damn question!
Your child’s life could depend on it.
The AAP recommends:
- If your child is going to a home where he or she hasn’t been before, ask if there is a gun in that home.
- If the answer is yes, ask how the gun is stored – It should be stored in a locked location and unloaded. Ammunition should be locked up separately.
- If you are not comfortable with the answers, invite the other child to play at your house instead.
Responsible gun owners usually don’t mind talking about how they store their guns and ammunition.
For more information on protecting your children, visit Moms Demand Action