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American Association of Pediatrics Still Clinging to its anti-Gun Agenda

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American Association of Pediatrics Still Clinging to its anti-Gun Agenda

Although it drew little attention, the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued a statement that “reinforced its long-standing message that the safest home for children and teens is one without guns, while maintaining that it is not an ‘anti-gun’ organization. The AAP’s original guidance issued in 2000 called for bans on handguns and so-called “assault weapons.” Interestingly, the updated statement calls for restoration of the ban on the latter and leaves out handguns with an evidently disappointed aside “…recognizing that gun ownership is legal and common…”

AAP actually did concede that firearms related deaths have declined, but continues to claim that “…firearms still one of the top three causes of death in the pediatric population, which it now defines as ages 1 to 19. The minimum age for enlistment in the United States Military is 17 (with parental consent) and 18 (without parental consent).

Yet, the National Safety Council’s 2012 “Injury Facts” shows that the cause for accidental fatalities for the young ranks behind (in order) motor vehicles, drowning, poisoning, fires, falls, choking, suffocation, and all other events constituting about 1.3 percent of these numbers. Here I would note that the serious and sustained work of the NSSF and many other groups have helped push this number down with many proven and practical safety and educational programs. The National Safety Council figures also show, thankfully, that firearms accidents have steadily decreased to their lowest numbers in over a century.

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  • Tom Stillings

    And, of those “Pediatric Deaths” how many are gang bangers involved in violent gang activity. I’m confident that the safest home in which to raise kids is one with a mother and and a father with enough sense and control to keep their kids away from gang violence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000205794592 Tim Gibson Sso

    these people make me sick. I have guns in my home with kids that are well trained on how to use one and they respect them.

  • mathis1689

    My son is 14. He has had weapons since he was 8 and knows gun safety and proper gun handling better than a lot of adults that I know. These clowns need to get back in their ivory towers and stay there.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    The safest home is one in which children are taught to respect and properly use firearms to defend themselves at the earliest possible time.

  • Julian DH

    I was taught to use firearms at 12, used them to hunt rabbits and muskrats at 14 with an adult around. Teaching grandchildren now. If, as AAP says, firearms are so “bad” then why aren’t there more deaths? Maybe they should ban “All-Of-The-Above” first before going after law abiding citizens who want to defend themselves against criminals.

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