Chicago – (Dec. 12,
2014). Marking the second anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook
Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, the 62,000 pediatricians of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) renew the call for Americans and policymakers to keep
all children safe from gun violence.
“Our hearts are
still broken for the families of the children at Sandy Hook elementary school
and for the whole community in Newtown, Connecticut. That tragedy serves as a
constant reminder of the pain that families all around the country experience
every day, over and over again, when a child is injured or killed by a gun.
Since that terrible day, a reported 95 school shootings have occurred, almost
one a week. Daily gun violence and suicide have continued unabated, shattering
lives and families. As a country, we are simply not doing enough to stop this,”
said Thomas K. McInerny, M.D., FAAP, immediate past president of the AAP.
been working all across the country in state capitols, local communities and in
Washington, DC to advocate for public policies that prevent gun violence and
ameliorate its effects on children, but progress has been too slow,” said Dr.
“Children deserve to
be safe and to feel safe in their homes and communities,” said James M. Perrin,
M.D., FAAP, president of the AAP. “Common-sense policies like safe storage of
weapons, physician counseling about firearms, background checks, and limits on access
to assault weapons can make a difference. The AAP will continue to advocate for
these simple but powerful policies as long as children continue to be harmed by
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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of
62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and
pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being
of infants, children, adolescents and young adults (www.aap.org).
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