Promoting Gun Safety in Alameda County

It's the start of summer vacation and children across the Bay Area will be frequenting the homes of their friends and neighbors. In these homes, children can be put at unnecessary risk for serious injury or death by unsecured guns.

In order to raise awareness of this issue in our community, the Alameda County DA’s Office has partnered with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics in the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Gun Safety Campaign. In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Each year, thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result.

2017 Gun Safety Day press conference: Assistant DA Teresa Drenick (top left), and Griffin Dix, Co-chair of the Oakland/Alameda County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (bottom left).

The ASK Campaign promotes a simple idea that has the potential to save lives. Parents ask all sorts of questions before their children visit other homes. They ask about pets in the house, discuss allergies and internet access, and parental supervision. ASK encourages parents to add one more question to this conversation: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?”. It’s a simple question, but one that has the power to save a child’s life.

Co-chair of the Oakland/Alameda County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Griffin Dix, spoke at our recent press conference. His fifteen-year-old son, Kenzo, was shot and killed in 1994 while visiting the home of his good friend. Since this tragic event, Mr Dix has spoken out about his experience in dealing with the loss of his child, and has advocated for safer design of firearms and for safe gun storage.

For more than a decade, the ASK Campaign has partnered with over 400 grassroots organizations to spread its message in neighborhoods nationwide. We are proud to partner with the Brady Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics in order to raise greater awareness about gun safety in Alameda County.

For more statistics and information, please visit our Gun Safety page under the 'Resources and Publications' tab.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017