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Cicilline advocates gun safety with new campaign

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By Jennifer Petracca

June 21st has been designated as “National Asking Saves Kids” Day (ASK), by U.S. Congressman David Cicilline.

ASK encourages parents to ask the question, “Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?” before sending their child to play at another home.

Cicilline was joined by Executive Director of the Rhode Island American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Frank Donahue, and other AAP members, advocating for common sense gun laws to spotlight National ASK Day.

Cicilline stated, “Accidents from unlocked guns remain an urgent problem and we owe it to our kids to provide them with safe areas to play.” He said that the ASK campaign will help build awareness to ensure parents talk to their children more about gun safety.

The Brady Center, one of the endorsers of the campaign, says that in America, 1 out of 3 homes with kids have guns and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home where an unlocked, loaded gun is present.

In 2010, and average of 1 child under the age of 15 died every 6 days due to the unintentional discharge of a firearm. 80% of these deaths occurred in a home.

Earlier this year, Cicilline introduced the “End the Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act” that ensures important information is submitted into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, keeping firearms away from individuals with serious mental illnesses, preventing danger to themselves and others.

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