2009 -- H 6253

Enacted 06/25/09



H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Representatives Naughton, E Coderre, and McNamara

     Date Introduced: June 10, 2009




     WHEREAS, On Sunday, June 21, 2009, organizations and individuals around the country

will celebrate National Asking Saves Kids Day “ASK” held annually on the first day of the

summer, a time of year when children play more often in other homes; and

     WHEREAS, The epidemic of gun violence is plaguing our nation’s children and claiming

eight lives a day. Over 40% of American homes with children have guns, many of them are kept

unlocked and loaded, and children in the United States are more likely to die of gun violence than

from all natural causes combined; and

     WHEREAS, The ASK campaign urges parents to ask their neighbors if there is a gun in

their home before sending a child over to play; and

     WHEREAS, Through a national public health campaign it is hoped that asking will

become part of good parenting vernacular; offering a real solution that all Americans can adopt to

help protect our families and children and that work immediately to save lives; and

     WHEREAS, The power of the ASK campaign is that it enrolls all Americans concerned

with the welfare of children, including gun owners, and makes the solution to gun violence a

discussion about public safety and good parenting; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby proclaims June 21, 2009 to be “ASK Day” and calls upon the

citizens of the State to recognize this special observance with appropriate ceremonies and

activities; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the ASK organization.