We are a coalition of physicians, law enforcement, prosecutors, lawmakers, and gun violence prevention advocates focused on reducing shootings by children with unauthorized access to loaded, unsecured access to firearms – through policy advocacy, legislation and education.
Gun violence is complicated. Keeping guns out of the hands of children is not. The most important responsibility a gun owner has is keeping their firearms out of the hands of unauthorized users, including and especially children. While many gun owners understand this responsibility, too many do not.
An estimated 4.6 million American children reside in a household where at least one gun is kept loaded and unlocked, an estimate that is more than twice as high as estimates reported in 2002.
These shootings are not “accidents.” They are fully preventable tragedies and the direct result of an adult’s choice not to store their firearm safely. Safe storage saves lives.
“I think people 30 years from now are going to look back at this time and say, ‘My God, how did we, as parents, as a nation, tolerate these deaths? These shooting deaths where a toddler kills a sibling or where a child is gunned down by a gun that they found in their home — how did we ever put up with that?’ We use the word ‘accident’ and lull ourselves into this deadly complacency that says, ‘This is just the cost of having firearms in our country.’
– Mark Rosenberg, former director of the Center for Disease Control