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A year after Sandy Hook the American Academy of Pediatrics reflects

IAAP logon recognition of the upcoming anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement and a video urging communities to renew their commitment to protect children from firearms.

Since the national call to action after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a year ago, the toll of gun violence on our children has continued unabated, the AAP release explained. Every day, about 7 children are killed in the United States by firearms, including hundreds since the massacre Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.

But what has changed — and what gives pediatricians hope of one day reducing this statistic to zero — is the growing number of advocates working to prevent gun violence. Since the tragedy in Newtown, parents, elected leaders and doctors have made their voices heard with renewed momentum, resulting in important legislation in six states, including Maryland, to protect children from injuries from firearms. But more work is needed.

 

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