Compared to other countries, American children are 12 times more likely to be killed by a gun, including 9 times more likely to die of an accidental gun injury and 10 times more likely to die of a gun suicide.
- Nationally, 1 out of 3 homes with kids has a firearm
- Nearly 1.7 million kids live in a home with a loaded and unlocked firearm
- ¼ of 3 and 4 year olds can pull a 10-pound trigger, and approximately 60% of handguns require trigger-pull strength of less than 5 pounds
STAFF & LEADERSHIP
- Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP – Medical Director
- Michael Gittelman, MD, FAAP – Medical Director
- Kristen Fluitt – Program Manager
In response to the unacceptable rate of firearm injury to children, the Ohio AAP established the Partnership for the Safety of Children Around Firearms in 2015. Since that year, unintentional firearm injury has impacted children in more than 25% of Ohio’s counties. Discussion around gun safety has historically been emotional and not productive between organizations and citizens, with many opportunities to improve counseling by pediatricians to encourage families to practice safer behaviors. The Partnership brings together organizations and individuals, with different viewpoints about firearms, to develop unified messaging, resources, and approaches to reduce unintentional gun injuries and deaths in children, and suicides by firearms in adolescents.
The goals of the Partnership are to:
- Prevent firearm-related, unintentional deaths and suicides among children and teens
- Change our approach in talking about firearm safety
- Store it Safe and teach children safety around firearms