The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has spokespersons
and resources available to journalists covering the anniversary of the
shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. For interviews, AAP
policy statements, research or other background on firearms and mental health
topics, contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs at 847-434-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 3-minute narrated video will be posted next week along
with related materials. Video sound bites of AAP President Thomas K. McInerny,
MD, FAAP, are available for immediate download.
Contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs to arrange
interviews with experts to discuss:
- The impact of gun violence in the daily
lives of children, and the role of pediatricians in keeping children safe.
Seven children die every day from gun violence in the U.S.
- The status of gun safety legislation.
Since Newtown, comprehensive gun safety legislation has passed in six states
(California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York), but
legal challenges are underway.
- Mental health care topics, including
mental health parity and teen suicide risks.
- What parents can do today to keep their
children safe from gun-related injuries and manage their children’s exposure to
violence in the media.