As Americans gather for the 4th of July, Brady Center launches TalkAboutGuns.org, a resource for families to start conversations about the hidden risks of guns
More than 1.7 million American children live in homes with unlocked, loaded guns that put their lives at risk
Washington, DC – As Americans gather for the 4th of July, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is releasing a new public service announcement and website designed to spark conversations among families and friends about the unknown dangers of guns in the home.
TalkAboutGuns.Org is a resource to help parents and families—whether they own guns or not—strike up conversations about the risks of a gun in the home, and make informed decisions that save lives.
And on a holiday when some Americans celebrate with gunfire, the risks are even greater. In fact, last 4th of July at least two Americans were killed by celebratory gunfire.
But guns in the home actually pose a risk all year long. The reality is, 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. A gun in the home simply makes families less safe.
With a quiz and tips for keeping families safe, TalkAbouGuns.org is designed for the millions of families who own guns and anyone who visits or plays in a home with a gun. With a provocative PSA and helpful discussion guides, it’s intended to help gun owners and non-gun owners alike strike up conversations and make informed decisions that save lives.
“While the corporate gun lobby irresponsibly peddles the myth a gun in the home makes you safer, the data is clear: the opposite is true,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “As more Americans buy into the myth that a gun makes their home safer, gun deaths from suicides and accidental shootings continue to rise. We know the health and safety risks of keeping a gun in the home. Now it’s time to do something about it—and that starts with talking about it.”
Gun ownership substantially increases the risk of suicide and accidental shootings. In fact,
- 60 percent of all youth gun deaths occur in the home,
- 82 percent of youth firearm suicides use a gun belonging to a family member, usually a parent,
- And an alarming 68 percent of school shooters acquired the guns they used from home.
With 1.7 million American kids living in the same house as a loaded, unlocked gun, Americans can’t afford to ignore these dangers.
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of more than 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history – The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000