My opinion: I know that gun control is a hotly debated issue in America, so I'm interested in knowing why pediatricians support it - the article didn't mention too much about this. Recently, there has been an outcry against children who use guns, as some have accidentally killed family members or peers. Since pediatricians deal with children, perhaps they don't think that children are capable of handling guns. Also, I'd like to know if there's a group of specialists that is against gun control. If I had to guess, I'd say it's the geriatricians, as the elderly need to protect themselves as much as possible. Or maybe doctors in general support gun control? Perhaps they think bullets are extremely harmful to the body, more so than other people do. Any other thoughts? Feel free to comment.
Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefullyTo pediatricians, gun control is a public health issue, not a political one. But they're treading a fine line, and they know it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has begun a renewed push to try to get Congress to pass gun control measures, sending more than 100 pediatricians to Capitol Hill earlier this month. But others who have taken on the issue over the past decade have a warning for them: they can run afoul of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups that are quick to paint anyone who advocates for gun control as a political extremist.
What the doctors want is an assault weapon ban, mandatory background checks and waiting periods before all firearm purchases, a ban on high-capacity magazines, handgun regulations and requirements for safe firearm storage under federal law.
“I think we can be honest brokers,” says Dr. Lolita McDavid, medical director for child advocacy and protection at University Hospitals, part of Case Western Reserve University’s school of medicine in Cleveland.
Johnny Hanson / AP file
With a little help, a child shoots an Airsoft gun at a target during NRA Youth Day events at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston on Sunday, May 5, 2013.