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Addressing Gun Violence

At the Practice Level
Following are examples of how pediatricans can make a change in the practice setting.
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Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population

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In Your Practice Address firearms safety as part of your routine anticipatory guidance with children of all ages.

Incorporate questions about the presence and availability of firearms into your patient history.

Ask about the presence of firearms in the home, and counsel parents who do keep guns to store them unloaded in a locked case, with the ammunition locked separately.

The safest home for a child or adolescent is one without firearms. Talk with families who possess guns to store their gun safely and prevent access to these guns by children. Safer storage of guns reduces injuries, and physician counseling linked with distribution of cable locks appear to increase safer storage.

Instruct parents to ask if there is gun in the house before sending their children to play at a friend’s home.

Additional Resources
Handguns in the Home

Connected Kids Clinical Guide

Connected Kids Brochure: Young Children on the Move: Reduce the Risk of Gun Injury

Media Violence

Connected Kids Brochure: Pulling the Plug on TV Violence

Addressing gun violence in the Community, State, and Federal Levels

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