Children deserve to feel safe, no matter where they are.
By sharing the Be SMART message, you are helping to emphasize the importance of responsible gun ownership and secure gun storage. Ultimately, secure gun storage prevents kids from accessing guns. When we protect our kids from the dangers of gun violence, the whole community stands to benefit.
Use the resources below to learn more about the Be SMART campaign and how you can help spread the Be SMART message. Watch the full campaign video; explore the Gunfire on School Grounds map and the #NotAnAccident map of unintentional child shootings; download and print the Be SMART handouts; and spread the word by sharing our Be SMART social media graphics.
Be SMART Handouts
Download Be SMART handouts about safe storage practices and types of safe storage. All handouts are designed to be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
Everytown collects information from media reports about incidents in which a child under 18 unintentionally shoots themself or someone else. This index shows where these incidents occur and whether they result in an injury or death.
Gunfire on School Grounds in the United States
Everytown started tracking incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2013. This map shows where those incidents occurred and the outcome of each.
Preventable Tragedies: Findings on Unintentional Shootings by Children
In 2015, Everytown started a database to track unintentional shootings by children. This database will show both shooters and victims broken down by age.
Be SMART Campaign Video
S is for SECURE
M is for MODEL
A is for ASK
R is for RECOGNIZE
T is for Tell
Virtual Trivia Night PSA
Spread the Word
Share the following graphics on Facebook and Twitter, or download for Instagram.
The Bigger Picture
Important facts about gun violence in America
4.6 million American children live in homes with guns that are both loaded and unlocked.1
Every year, more than 700 children 17 and under die by suicide with a gun.2
Every year 350 children in America under the age of 18 gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else.3
¾ of school shooters acquired their firearm from the home of a parent or close relative.4
Households that lock both firearms and ammunition have a 78 percent lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries among children and teenagers.5
- Matthew Miller and Deborah Azrael, “Firearm Storage in US Households with Children: Findings from the 2021 National Firearm Survey,” JAMA Network Open 5, no. 2 (2022): e2148823.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of most recent available data: 2018-2021.
- Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, “#NotAnAccident Index,” https://everytownresearch.org/maps/notanaccident/.
- National Threat Assessment Center, “Protecting America’s Schools: A US Secret Service Analysis of Targeted School Violence,” US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, 2019, https://bit.ly/2U7vnwa.
- David C. Grossman et al., “Gun Storage Practices and Risk of Youth Suicide and Unintentional Firearm Injuries,” JAMA 293, no. 6 (2005): 707–14.