The Brady Center, is working on a effort (called ASK) to encourage gun owners lock up their guns safely so that they cannot be accessed by children, teens, or other family members.
There are high schools that also use the Ask Program. However, at the high school level, it is probably more impactful to empower the students around this issue, rather than targeting parents. Along with survivors of the Parkland shooting, the Brady Center founded Team ENOUGH, a platform for students to help change the culture of gun violence in America. Brady assists students with monthly grassroots actions designed to promote these gun safety priorities:
- Legislating Universal background checks for every gun sale
- Banning assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines
- Passing “Extreme Risk” laws that remove guns from people in crisis
- Registering young people to vote and supporting candidates who share these priorities
Team ENOUGH students also promote the ASK Program, which encourages students to ask their friends, family, and other members of the community if they have a gun and how they store it. The Team ENOUGH website (teamenough.org) will give you more information about the student-focused program. The Brady philosophy is to give students a stage, not a script, as they seem to have the most compelling voices on this issue right now.
If interested, please contact Christina Mazzola from the Branson School: firstname.lastname@example.org