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Gun Violence Prevention



Firearm-related deaths, including homicides, suicides and unintentional injuries, are now the second leading cause of death for children in the United States. 


The National AAP and our VA State Chapter have made ending this public health crisis a priority.  Please use the resources below to help counsel and educate our patients and families on measures that will reduce child gun deaths.  


Please consider getting involved with our efforts and find useful resources below to incorporate in your practice environment.

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Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Campaign, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

  • One question could save a child's life - parents must ask, "Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?"

AFFIRM:  The American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine

  • A non-profit corporation of healthcare professionals and researchers working to find lasting solutions  to curb the epidemic of firearm violence across the US
  • Literature links to useful resources including CME

Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population

  • AAP Policy Statement  on firearms


  • A public education campaign asking gun owners and non-gun owners alike to take simple steps to reduce the number of unintentional shootings, suicides, and homicides that occur when children or teens access guns that are not stored responsibly.

University of California Davis Violence Prevention Research Program

  • The program highlights simple, focused interventions, that can be implemented by physicians to reduce firearm injury and death.  
  • This website provides resources (peer-reviewed articles, training materials, videos, and more) to support physicians in this endeavor. There is also a free CME online program Literature section links to useful resources including CME

Gun Safety Pocket Card

  • A primary care clinical pocket card to help determine youth at risk for gun violence combined with tools for prevention.

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