Gun Violence Prevention

Federal Advocacy

​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.

Learn more:
  • 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

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