Last updated on: 4/20/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

American Academy of Pediatrics Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he absence of guns from children’s homes and communities is the most reliable and effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents.

The AAP continues to support a number of specific measures to reduce the destructive effects of guns in the lives of children and adolescents through the implementation of the following recommendations:

  • Enact a strong, effective assault weapon ban;

  • Eliminate the gun show loophole and require mandatory background checks and waiting periods before all firearm purchases;

  • Ban on high capacity magazines;

  • Enact strong handgun regulations; and

  • Require safe firearm storage under federal law.”
  • “American Academy of Pediatrics Gun Violence Policy Recommendations,” www.aap.org, Jan. 2013

    Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Organizations/VIPs/Others
    Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
    Description:

    “The AAP is a professional membership organization of 62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults…

    AAP recommendations form the basis of pediatric preventive health care. The AAP issues policy statements, clinical reports, technical reports and practice guidelines on a broad range of topics. The AAP collaborates with two other organizations to produce the annual recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents used by schools, public health agencies and pediatricians.

    The AAP advocates for access to health care for all children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP believes that each child should have a ‘medical home’—a model of health care where care is accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective. The AAP works with government, communities and other national organizations to shape many child health and safety issues…

    The AAP was founded in 1930 by 35 pediatricians to serve as an independent forum to address children’s health needs. At that time, the idea that children had unique developmental and health needs was new. Practices that are now standard preventive care (i.e., immunization, regular health exams) were only just beginning to change the custom of treating children as ‘miniature adults.’ The Academy also maintains the Pediatric History Center, which collects and archives materials related to the history of pediatrics in the United States and Canada and the history of the Academy itself.”

    “AAP Facts,” www.aap.org (accessed Apr. 20, 2015)

    Mission:

    “The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this, AAP shall support the professional needs of its members.”

    “AAP Facts,” www.aap.org (accessed Apr. 20, 2015)

    Other:
    501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
    Contact Info:
    Phone
    847-434-4000
    Email
    Online Contact Form
    Website
    www.aap.org
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    Pro & Con Quotes: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?