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Media Alert: AAP Sources Available to Discuss Gun Safety, Mental Health, and Protecting Children From Violence

12/3/2013 Dec. 3, 2013

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

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.

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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.