The above is an excerpt from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ handout Bright Futures Patient Handout Early Adolescent Visits. The Academy provides this one-page document (full image below) to doctors so that they can hand it directly to their adolescent patients. “Never have a gun in the home,” the sheet advises. And just in case you do . . .
If necessary, store it unloaded and locked with ammunition locked separately from the gun.
According to their website, the AAP is “an organization of 66,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.”
Their most recent member survey on guns shows that the org’s members support civilian disarmament. And how. Here are the stats:
– Eighty-six percent of the pediatricians surveyed agree or strongly agree that gun-control legislation will help reduce the risks of injury or death among children and adolescents.
– Among those surveyed, 92 percent agree or strongly agree that pediatricians should support legislation to restrict possession or sale of handguns.
– Some 77 percent of the physicians surveyed agree or strongly agree that pediatricians should support legislation to ban possession or sale of handguns.
– Ninety-one percent of those surveyed agree or strongly agree that pediatricians should support legislation holding gun owners responsible for children’s and teens’ use of adults’ guns.
Despite this stout support for civilian disarmament, the survey’s respondent doctors don’t seem to press the issue in their practice:
– Only 12 percent of the pediatricians surveyed stated that they always identify families who keep firearms in their homes. Fifty percent of the physicians surveyed never identify which patients’ families have firearms at home.
– Some 33 percent of the physicians surveyed reported that they always recommend that families should unload and lock away their guns. Thirty-seven percent of the physicians never provide that guidance.
– Only 18 percent of the physicians surveyed stated that they always recommend that handguns be removed from their patients’ homes.
Given the AAP’s members’ “concerns” about firearms, the AAP’s “no guns in the home” advice to adolescents comes as no surprise.
My concierge doctor — the most excellent Austin-based Dr. Michael Garrett (who is not an AAP member) — told me he doesn’t hand out the AAP’s guide, but sometimes uses it as a template for discussion. Minus the gun bit.