Your calendar on June 21 is probably marked for a few things: it’s Father’s Day, the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Yet this year, we’re marking our calendars for something perhaps just as important: National ASK Day. ASK, or “Asking Saves Kids,” is a campaign to keep children safe from accidental gun violence by empowering parents to ask if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their kids play. In the United States, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. We know that a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. Across the United States, gun violence is the second-leading cause of death for children and teens. Gun violence is a public health problem, and we should treat protecting our kids from gun violence like we treat protecting our kids from several other threats to their health. As Lauren Paige Kennedy explains, comparing the risk her kid faces from a peanut allergy to the risk of gun violence, “But here comes my big confession: I’m not so great at voicing my concerns about every risk. Not even when it comes to a threat that is every bit as dangerous for my daughter as her food allergy — a threat that’s also dangerous for my older daughter and your kids, too. The words I want to ask are right there on the tip of my tongue: Are there any guns in your home? Are they all unloaded and safely stored? And yet it feels so hard to get those words out.” The ASK campaign, created in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, has collaborated with over 400 grassroots organizations to inspire an estimated 19 million households to ask if there are guns where their children play, and if those guns are unlocked. The Talmud teaches that “he who takes one life it is as though he has destroyed the universe and he who saves one life it is as though he has saved the universe” (Mishnah Sandhedrin 4:5). Surely, we should do our best to save the lives of our children. On June 21, the ASK campaign will be hosting a series of safe playdates at five cities, and showcasing other playdates across the country. You can pledge to ask if there are unlocked guns in houses your children visit using this tool, and see if there are events in your city on National ASK Day. To learn more about the issue of gun violence, check out RACblog and the RAC issue page on gun violence prevention.
November 27, 2023
We stand with the people of Israel during these difficult and challenging days and pray for the safety and immediate release of all of the hostages. See our resources and actions you can take.
November 15, 2023
Before sharing some tools for facing and combating antisemitism, it’s important to have a clear understanding of exactly what antisemitism is.
November 3, 2023
When we think about climate change, I believe we often get lost in the global context and forget about its local impacts. Climate change is a complex, unfamiliar, slow-moving, and intergenerational problem that covers a broad range of policies, topics, and headlines.