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KAAP Statement in Support of the March for Our Lives

March 23, 2018 1 Comment

The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) stands in support of students marching for safety where they live, learn and play. Pediatricians play a unique and vital role in preventing gun violence. Pediatricians can help families understand how to keep their children safe as they grow from infancy to adolescence.

No parent should be afraid to send their child to school, to a concert, a movie, or religious service. Yet, gun violence has become so pervasive in our communities that it has transformed these routine childhood experiences into ones of trauma and fear. Although mass shootings command our attention, children remain at risk for suicide, homicide, and unintentional injury from guns every day.

Our elected leaders must address gun violence in the same way that we do any other public health threat – through the active support of rigorous scientific research. The impact of federal public health research in reducing deaths from threats such as car accidents, smoking, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been well proven. Robust research on car accidents and subsequent legislation has helped save hundreds of thousands of lives without preventing people from being able to drive. It’s time to apply the same approach to reducing gun violence in our communities.

It’s time to follow the lead of the young people who are standing up and demanding change, and offer our support. We couldn’t say it better than Parkland, Florida teen Emma Gonzalez:

Hi, it’s Emma González.

The kids from Parkland and from all across this country are taking to the streets to try and make our future safe. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help to amplify our message. My friends were gunned down in cold blood as well as countless others from Chicago to Detroit to Sandy Hook. So now the young people in this country have been given a mission and I hope in some way it’s your mission too. We need our voices heard by as many people as possible. We need them to come to our March in DC. We need them to sign our petition to stop these murders. This isn’t a political rally. It’s literally a march for our lives. Please help us amplify our voices by using yours. Be part of this moment in time. I believe the young people in this country can change the world. And wouldn’t that be something?

With love and hope,
Emma

Learn more about March for Our Lives activities taking place near you here: https://marchforourlives.com/

 

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One Comments to “KAAP Statement in Support of the March for Our Lives”
  1. Jon Jantz MD says:

    May youngest daughter attends Newton High School in Newton, Kansas. I support the students rights to walk out to make a statement about the importance of gun safety in schools. For the last walk out I told her to tell any friends that got in trouble for the walk out that I would sign a medical excuse.
    Jon Jantz MD FAAP
    Pediatrician in Newton, Kansas

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