Gun violence is a problem in more than half of pediatricians’ communities, according
to an AAP Periodic Survey. To address its impact on children, the Academy launched
an initiative last year targeting gun violence and intolerance. Pediatricians also
can support firearms prevention during two AAP-backed campaigns.
One bold way to stand up against gun violence is to Wear Orange on June 2, National
Gun Violence Awareness Day. The campaign is a visual reminder of the 90 deaths each
day from gun violence. Chicago teens started wearing orange to remember 15-year-old
Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down in a park in 2013. The students turned from
grieving to advocacy by speaking out against gun violence in their community each
The campaign focuses on honoring the lives and lost human potential of Americans killed
by gun violence; doing all we can to keep firearms out of the wrong hands; and being
responsible gun owners and keeping children safe.
The Academy offers tips on how pediatricians can advocate for safety in their communities
at http://bit.ly/2oYrvdO. Pediatricians also are encouraged to take the pledge of support at http://www.wearorange.org. On social media, use #WearOrange to spread messages about gun violence prevention
and retweet messages from @AAPNews, @AmerAcadPeds and @HealthyChildren.
The Asking Saves Kids (ASK) campaign prompts pediatricians to remind families why
they should ask if there are guns in homes where their children play. If so, guns
should be unloaded and safely secured away from curious children. On ASK Day, June
21, pediatricians can participate via social media by using #AskingSavesKids. The
campaign is a collaboration between the Academy and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun
Continue to keep current on gun violence prevention efforts during the AAP National
Conference & Exhibition. On Sept. 17, plenary speaker J. Gary Wheeler, M.D., M.P.S.,
FAAP, will explain how members can join efforts to protect children from gun violence.
Visit http://www.aapexperience.org for details.