"The doors opened and the stretcher came out with a little tiny girl lying on it covered in a white sheet with blood all over the place.”

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Did you know that 40 percent of U.S. homes with children have a gun? And of those homes, 43 percent leave the guns unlocked and loaded?

I am a graduate of Columbine High School and am involved with the Clark County Million Mom March chapter. A few years ago I found out that my then 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son spent an hour playing in a bedroom where there was a loaded handgun inches from their fingers in a nightstand. It simply didn't occur to me to ask my friend if she had a gun in the house. Because of this event, and my meeting mothers around the country who have lost children because guns were accessible in a home where their child played, I want to spread the message of the ASK campaign.

The goal of the ASK Campaign is simple, to save children’s lives by preventing accidents with guns left accessible in the home. ASK stands for "Asking Saves Kids." ASK is a national campaign designed to help parents understand the very real threat and ask the right questions so they can make informed decisions about where their kids play.

I have developed a multimedia presentation to help spread awareness of the ASK Campaign and to encourage parents to ask their neighbors if they have a gun in the home before sending their children over to play. I am happy to speak at any event or with any group where I can reach parents. Asking your friends and neighbors if they have a gun in the house can be awkward. But as Carole Price said during the Million Mom March, "I'll tell you from personal experience that it's a lot harder to pick out a casket and a gravestone for your 11-year-old son."

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