Ohio and National AAP Ask for Your Help Around Gun Violence

Every day, 74 children are injured or killed by guns in the United States, and while the debate on firearms remains a controversial issue, the Ohio AAP believes there are aspects that are a matter of public health concern that needs to be addressed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling on Congress to enact comprehensive gun violence prevention policies to keep children safe where they live, learn and play, and the Ohio AAP would like to share the AAP gun violence resource and ask that you reach out to your federal elected officials in Washington to ask for a public health approach to help save lives. You can access the resource on this page.

Here are a few talking points to address with your Congressional representative:

  1. Appropriate $50 million to the CDC for public health research into firearm safety and injury prevention.
  2. Support a minimum purchase age of 21 for semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
  3. Support a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons.

To contact your local representative, you can find your Congressional representative, here.

The Ohio AAP has a program for firearm safety, called Store it Safe, please visit our website to learn about the program and our partners.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact our CEO, Melissa Wervey Arnold. Please direct all other firearm safety questions to Hayley Southworth.


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