The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) has teamed up with firearm owners, pediatricians and others to create the Partnership for Safety of Children Around Firearms, and a pilot program called Store it Safe, to encourage safe storage of firearms and educate families about safety issues.
“Twenty-five percent of Ohio counties have had gun-related accidental injuries and deaths in children under 18 since 2015,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, CEO, Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. “It was clear we needed to address this growing issue and pull resources from other organizations to form this first-of-its-kind partnership.”
The Partnership has been founded on the belief that gun ownership is a personal choice. It will not engage in debating firearm owner rights. The Partnership includes the Buckeye Firearms Association, Black Wing Shooting Center, Kiwanis Club of Columbus and many other interested parties.
The goals of the Partnership are to:
“We believe strongly in the second amendment, but we also believe in being a responsible gun owner and protecting our children,” said Gerard Valentino, co-founder, Buckeye Firearms Association. “This partnership is unique and we’re thrilled to be part of it and have all parties at the table to discuss gun safety.”
For more information about gun safety and Ohio AAP’s initiatives, visit: http://ohioaap.org/firearmsafety.
Pictured in photo from left to right: Gerard Valentino, Buckeye Firearms; Melissa Wervey Arnold, Ohio AAP CEO; Jack D’Aurora, Kiwanis Club of Columbus; Andy Loeffler, Black Wing Shooting Center; Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP, Ohio AAP Board of Directors and injury program co-chair.