For the first time ever, guns have overtaken all other causes of death in children—with 13 kids a day dying from guns. That’s why hospitals across America are uniting to fight gun violence. The Hospitals United campaign is working to reduce injuries and deaths caused by firearms with prevention strategies that are part of routine health care. We are banding together with 160 health systems and children’s hospitals—along with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association—as part of a national effort to reduce deaths related to guns stored unsafely.
By asking about safe gun storage, the campaign is meant to help parents and families feel empowered to ask other parents about access to guns. Broadcast, print and digital public service messages and the campaign website highlight that access to unlocked guns can lead to death, suicide and gun violence, making it more likely that children die from guns than cancer or automobile accidents. The website provides tips on how to have a conversation with other parents and families about safely stored firearms and encourages normalizing this conversation.
For more information, please visit HospitalsUnited.com.