As a pediatrician, I have an obligation to keep my patients safe from any threat to their health. Gun violence is a public health epidemic that is killing our children.
Our patients and their families are angry. They want change, and we pediatricians who took an oath to care, teach and guide our patients to be the best that they can be, will stand with them and demand it. Our patients are showing us how to be strong. We need to be strong with them. We will fight for policies to keep our patients safe: universal background checks, banning of assault weapons, and robust funding for public health research that can help understand what works to prevent another tragedy like Parkland.
wonderful town of Parkland continues to demonstrate more and more each day just
how wonderful it is, through its children. They are refusing to accept
inaction, turning their tragedy into advocacy, and changing the conversation
about gun safety.
community may be broken, but we are also resolute. We are joining these brave
students in speaking up, and we will not relent until we see policies that will
keep our patients, our students, and our community safe.
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.