Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has launched Be SMART, a public education campaign asking gun owners and non-gun owners alike to take simple steps to reduce the number of unintentional shootings, suicides, and homicides that occur when children or teens get a hold of guns that are not stored responsibly.
The Be SMART campaign promotes responsible gun ownership and aims to reduce child gun deaths. The campaign focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. Moms encourage parents and caretakers to “Be SMART” and take these five 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 risks of teen suicide; Tell your peers to be SMART.
Trained presenters across the country are available to deliver the Be SMART message in your community or office. Additionally, as part of the Be SMART campaign to promote gun safety in communities nationwide, Everytown and Moms Demand Action will provide one gun lock for every supporter who completes the online gun safety quiz on BeSMARTforKids.org to Moms Demand Action chapters to distribute at local gun safety awareness events. A brochure is available for distribution in pediatricians’ offices.
Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action also released the #NotAnAccident Index, a first-of-its-kind tracking of unintentional shootings by children. More than two million American children live in homes with guns that are not stored safely and securely. This interactive map tracks every publicly reported incident in 2015 where a person age 17 or under unintentionally kills or injures someone with a gun.
To find out how to bring Be SMART to your office, community, or for copies of the brochure, please contact email@example.com. For more information about Be SMART, please visit BeSMARTforKids.org.