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Is there an unlocked gun in the house? [Letter]

Every time we lose another child to gun violence, we hear outrage about the senselessness of the tragedy and any proposed solutions often devolve into a polarizing debate over gun regulation. This debate, although critical, obscures a tangible solution that all parents can and should do to protect their child.

Asking Saves Kids, or ASK, urges parents to ask their neighbors, friends and relatives if there is an unlocked gun in the home before sending their children over to play. Over one-third of homes with children have guns. Many are kept unlocked and loaded, and every year thousands of children are killed or seriously injured as a result.

We can help reduce the risk of injury this year by ASKing a simple question before our children visit another home: "Is there an unlocked gun in your house?"

Mike Naple

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