ASK: Asking Saves Kids

Portland Mayor Hales Declares June 19 to be ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day in Portland

Whereas, over 40% of United States homes with children have guns, many are left unlocked and loaded[1}; and

Whereas, every day, 8 U.S. children and teens die from gun violence and 42 children and teens are shot and survive[2]; and

Whereas, the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) national public health campaign urges parents to ASK their neighbors, friends, and relatives if there is a gun in their home before sending a child to play; and

Whereas, the ASK program offers a real solution that all Portlanders can adopt to help protect families and children and that works immediately to save lives; and

Whereas, the power of the ASK Campaign is its inclusion of all individuals concerned with children's safety, including gun owners, and makes one solution to gun violence a discussion about public safety and responsible parenting; and

Whereas, the City of Portland is committed to protecting children from gun violence through the Community Peace Coalition, Enough is Enough PDX and ordinances to keep children safe from unsecured weapons;

Now, therefore, I, Charlie Hales, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses,” do hereby proclaim June 19, 2015, to be ASK Day (Asking Saves Kids) in Portland, and encourage all residents to observe this day by asking their children's and grandchildren's friends' parents if there is a gun where their child plays, and, if the answer is yes, is it unloaded and stored safely.

[1} Johnson R, et al. AJPM.2004;27(2):173-182, and 80% of unintentional firearm deaths of children under age 15 occur in a home (NVDRS online cited 2014 Apr 2)
[2] data retrieved 12/28/2012 from CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars

ASK (Asking Saves Kids) is a national advertising campaign that urges parents to ask if there is a gun where their children play. Guns can be found in 40% of Oregon homes, and many of those guns are kept loaded and unlocked.[1] In the United States, nearly 1.7 million children under age 18 live in homes with firearms that are both loaded and unlocked.[2] Nearly 8 children and teens in the United States are killed by firearms every day in the United States.[3]

The ASK Campaign gives parents something simple and easy to do to help keep their children from being injured or killed by gunfire.

For the past few years in Oregon, the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation (COEF) has distributed ASK brochures to families and physicians across the state. We have also offered ASK presentations to local parent and community groups.

In November 2007, COEF joined with PAX, Inc., to launch the comprehensive Portland ASK Campaign. Billboards, transit advertising, and public service announcements reached thousands of Portlanders each day, raising community awareness about firearms in the home and linking the public to ASK resources and information. Education workshops, community events, and speaking engagements continue to reach parents on a grassroots level.

If you'd like to get involved in the Portland ASK Campaign, please contact the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation at 503.220.1669 or info@ceasefireoregon.org.

Notes

  1. Data as of 2004. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Oregon data, available at https://public.health.oregon.gov/BirthDeathCertificates/Surveys/AdultBeh...
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2005.
  3. Data as of 2003. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, available at www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars.