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.







Pediatrician testimonies on gun violence

Hundreds of pediatricians submitted testimonials to the congressional record on the impact of gun violence on their patients, families and communities.

Our Advocacy Priorities

The Academy's gun violence prevention advocacy priorities include:

  • Gun violence prevention research: Federally funded research helps us understand what puts children at risk for injuries and deaths from guns so we can keep children safe. We need to continue federal funding for this vital work.
  • 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.

Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy Toolkit

AAP created a suite of resources for pediatricians to learn more about AAP’s advocacy efforts and to take action.  

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