Free gun locks will be available at St. Louis City Hall from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. June 21. The event is sponsored by Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, in partnership with the City of St. Louis and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Nearly 40 percent of homes with children in the United States have a gun; approximately one in three handguns in America is kept loaded and unlocked. June 21 is national “ASK” day, sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Parents are advised to ask if there are guns in the homes were their children visit.
“Studies show that a child dies of an accidental shooting every other day in the U.S. These deaths and thousands of injuries are entirely preventable when guns are stored safely,” said Lise Bernstein, president of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice.
"We know that the vast majority of gun owners are responsible," Mayor Lyda Krewson said. "But I support any action that will make it safer to own a gun."
Fourteen children were victims of unintentional shootings in Missouri in the past 18 months; nine of these children were from the St. Louis metropolitan area. Seven children died as a result of accidental shootings. There have been 882 unintentional shootings in the US to-date in 2017. Nationally, 1,667 children and teen have been killed or injured by firearms in 2017.
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