By Robert Jordan

June 21st marks the beginning of summer, and National Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Day, a vital initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of inquiring about unlocked firearms in homes where children play. This day is supported by various organizations and political figures who emphasize the crucial need for parents and guardians to ask about unlocked guns to ensure the safety of their children.

The Importance of National ASK Day

As children embark on summer adventures, they often visit friends’ and relatives’ homes. National ASK Day encourages parents to take a proactive step in protecting their children by asking if there are any unlocked firearms where their children will be playing. This simple question can prevent accidental injuries or fatalities, making homes safer for children.

Supporting Organizations and Political Figures

Numerous organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Everytown for Gun Safety, promote National ASK Day. These organizations provide resources and support to help parents understand the importance of asking about firearm safety. Additionally, political figures across the spectrum have endorsed the initiative, highlighting its significance in safeguarding our youth.

Why This Matters

Statistics show that a significant number of households with children have firearms, and many of these firearms are not stored safely. Unlocked and loaded guns pose a severe risk to curious children who may accidentally discharge a weapon. By asking about the presence and storage of firearms, parents can significantly reduce the risk of accidental shootings.

Practical Steps for Parents

  1. Initiate the Conversation: When planning a playdate or visit, ask the host if they have firearms and how they are stored in the home.
  2. Educate Your Children: Teach your children about the dangers of firearms and what to do if they encounter one.
  3. Promote Safe Storage: Encourage friends and family to store firearms unloaded, locked, and separated from ammunition.


National ASK Day serves as a powerful reminder of the impact that a simple question can have on the safety of our children. At SITE|SAFETYNET℠, we support initiatives like ASK Day that promote proactive measures to protect our youth. By spreading awareness and encouraging responsible gun storage, we can create safer environments for children to learn, play, and grow.

For more information on National ASK Day and how you can participate, visit the Protecting Our Students website.

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