Gun Violence Prevention
The AAP has been involved for decades in advocacy efforts to address gun violence as a public health issue and advance policies that keep children, families and communities safe.
The Academy's gun violence prevention advocacy priorities include:
Gun violence prevention research: Federally funded research would help us understand what puts children at risk for injuries and deaths from guns so we can keep children safe.
Stronger gun laws: Enacting common-sense firearm legislation, including strengthening background checks, supporting effective extreme risk protection orders, encouraging safe firearm storage, banning assault weapons, and addressing firearm trafficking can help keep children safe.
Violence prevention and resilience: AAP supports programs addressing the needs of at-risk children and children exposed to violence to address trauma and promote healing.
AAP policy statement on firearm safety
Call to Action on Firearm-Related Injury and Death
AAP online resource page: "How Pediatricians Can Advocate for Children's Safety in Their Communities"
Op-ed in the Kansas City Star by Missouri pediatrician Dena Hubbard, MD, FAAP
Information for parents on how to talk to children about disastrous events