Twenty-two years ago, I survived a shooting at Garfield High School. A student brought his grandfather’s unsecured gun to school, and I was caught in the spray of bullets.
ASK — the Asking Saves Kids campaign — encourages parents to find out if there are unsecured weapons where their children play. We must end the stigma around this topic. Parents already ask about food allergies, swimming pools and dogs when arranging play dates.
Unsecured firearms pose a threat to all kids. As the mom of two young girls, I’m pleading with parents to ASK if there is an unsafe gun where your child spends time.
Firearms are the second leading cause of death for young people, and 1.7 million American children and teens live in homes with unlocked, loaded guns. These deaths are preventable. Firearms must be locked away with ammunition stored separately. Asking can be awkward, but the alternative is much more painful. Ask Day is June 21. Join me in pledging to ASK this summer, to keep all our children safe.
Most Read Stories
- Police: Lynnwood 6-year-old drowned in bathtub by visiting relative
- 'The Big Dark': Satellite image shows future rain clouds stretching from China to Puget Sound
- 'The Big Dark' is here as first of three storms rolls into Northwest on stretch of trans-Pacific moisture
- Why Seattleites love to hate the umbrella
- Dough Zone opens in Seattle: better than Din Tai Fung?! | Cheap Eats
Rachel Thompson Gruenwald, Shoreline