Today’s editorial, “Long-overdue action on guns,” refers to an American Academy of Pediatrics article outlining its policy statement on gun violence.
The article, “Firearm-related injuries affecting the pediatric population,” was published in the group’s “Pediatrics” journal in October 2012, two months before the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 first-graders and 7 adults dead, and three months before new gun-control measures in Albany and Washington, D.C.
The arguments within, however, are many of the same “intervention strategies” we’ve heard since Newtown:
— Limiting access to guns, including who owns them, what can be sold and how they’re stored.
— Providing counseling for parents and education for health-care and other professionals.
— Tracing the origins of guns used in crime.
— Funding research on firearms.
The article begins this way:
The 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.”
Download a PDF of the policy statement on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
Read our full editorial on gun violence and President Obama’s prevention measures.