In this 20-minute, non-political presentation, we will focus on common sense steps we can all take to reduce gun injuries and deaths among children.
We encourage parents and all adults to “Be SMART” and take these simple steps to help prevent shootings by children:
Secure all guns in your home and vehicles;
Model responsible behavior around guns;
Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes;
Recognize the roles of guns in suicide;
Tell your peers to be SMART.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched the Be SMART campaign to take action to prevent child access to guns. The campaign focuses on the importance of conversation, responsible gun storage, and community awareness. 4.6 million children in the United States live in a home with a loaded, unsecured firearm. Each year in the United States, nearly 260 children aged 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Nearly 600 more die by suicide with a gun each year. Research shows that safe firearms storage practices can play a vital role in reducing the risk of gun violence, particularly among children, due to unintentional shootings and gun suicides.