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 an AAP-backed campaign.
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.