October 18, 2012
The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for “the strictest possible regulation of gun sales, as well as more education for parents on the dangers of having a gun at home” to prevent the death of children, according to Reuters.
The organization released its recommendation to coincide with the AAP National Conference that will be held on October 20-23 in New Orleans. The conference works on the “psychosocial needs of child disaster victims” and liaisons with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.
A statement by researchers published in the journal Pediatrics admits that gun-related deaths among children has dropped since the mid-1990s, but states that the rate “is still many times higher than rates in other wealthy countries.”
Most “wealthy nations” either ban citizen ownership of firearms or impose other restrictions and this is the primary reason the death rate by firearms is significantly lower.
“Most children who get injured or killed from firearms get their firearms from home,” said Dr. Robert Sege from Boston Medical Center.
David Hemenway, head of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center in Boston, told Reuters the consensus among injury researchers is that the best thing to do for a child’s safety is to keep guns out of the house.
However, if parents are concerned about the safety of their children, they should not allow them to ride bicycles.
In 2009, the NRA-ILA published a report on firearm safety. It rated accidental death from firearms for children as low.
More children died as a result of accidents in motor vehicles (41%), suffocation (21%), drowning (15%), fires (8%), pedal cycles (2%), poisoning (2%), falls (1.9%), and environmental factors (1.5%). Only medical mistakes ranked lower (1%) than death from firearms (1.5%), according to the study.