Saving lives through education, advocacy, and legislation to help protect and prevent children and teenagers from gaining unauthorized and unsupervised access to guns.
Guns are the leading cause of death in children in the United States. That is a fact we cannot turn away from. It is uncomfortable, and it should be.
Children are innocent, curious, impetuous, and loved. They are developing and learning. They will make mistakes. They will get do-overs…until they don’t.
One of the most tragic aspects of a child or teen dying by way of a gun is that their death in most instances was avoidable. The accidental shooting. The teenager who took their own life. The mass shooting. The crime. Too often children get access to a gun they should have never had access to. A moment of haste and immature judgment ends in tragedy with no do-overs. And we are left to wonder how this could have happened.
How WE Can Do Better
There are a variety of factors that contribute to guns being the leading cause of death for children and teenagers in the United States. Mental health, entertainment, social media, music, and crime, just to name a few. But other countries have similar factors and do not have children dying from guns every single day. What’s the difference? Availability and access to guns.
The United States has the highest ownership of guns per capita of any other country in the world. For every 100 people there are 120.5 guns owned in the US. The next closest country is the Falkland Islands at 62.1 (Source). When you have more guns than people, you increase the availability and access to guns for children and teenagers. Add in lax or non-existent laws for safely and securely storing guns in homes with children under the age of 18, and death and disasters are a foregone conclusion. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Founded by Bruce and Claire Petillo, whose 15-year-old son Christian died at a friend’s house as a result of an unsecured gun, No Do-Overs is designed to help save lives. Through stories, education, advocacy, and legislation, No Do-Overs is working to help protect and prevent children and teenagers from gaining unauthorized and unsupervised access to guns.