The American Academy of Pediatrics http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;105/4/888 1. The AAP affirms that the most effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries to children and adolescents is the absence of guns from homes and communities. a) Firearm regulation, to include bans of handguns and assault weapons, is the most effective way to reduce firearm-related injuries. b) Pediatricians and other child health care professionals are urged to inform parents about the dangers of guns in and outside the home. The AAP recommends that pediatricians incorporate questions about guns into their patient history taking and urge parents who possess guns to remove them, especially handguns, from the home. Loaded firearms and unlocked firearms and ammunition represent a serious danger to children and adolescents. At especially high risk are adolescents who have a history of aggressive and violent behaviors, suicide attempts, or depression.30,68,71 2. The AAP urges that guns be subject to safety and design regulations, like other consumer products, as well as tracing. a) The AAP supports efforts to reduce the destructive power of handguns and handgun ammunition via regulation of the manufacture and importation of classes of guns. Engineering efforts (eg, personalized safety mechanisms and trigger locks) are of unproved benefit and need further study. (Trigger locks, lock boxes, and other safe storage legislation are encouraged by the AAP, until guns are fully removed from the environment of children.) Other such measures aimed at regulating access of guns should include legislative actions, such as mandatory waiting periods and/or background checks. 3. The AAP urges the development of quality, violence-free programming and constructive dialogue among child health and education advocates, the Federal Communications Commission, and the television and motion picture industries, as well as toy, video game, and other software manufactures and designers, in an effort to reduce the romanticization of guns in the popular media. 4. The AAP supports the evaluation of firearm injury prevention and intervention strategies such as conflict resolution, alternatives to violence, storage techniques (eg, trigger locks, lock boxes, and gun safes), and educational programs for children and adolescents.72 5. The AAP urges that a coordinated, comprehensive, national surveillance data system be maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Center for Health Statistics. 6. The AAP supports the education of physicians and other professionals interested in understanding the effects of firearms and how to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with their use. Organizations such as the Handgun Epidemic Lowering Plan may work with the AAP and individual chapters to foster an advocacy network to protect children from injury and death from firearms. American College of Physicians Support the Gun Violence Prevention Act http://www.acponline.org/hpp/mccarthy99.htm American Medical Association http://www.ama-assn.org/apps/pf_new...99.HTM&nxt_pol=policyfiles/HnE/H-145.978.HTM& H-145.985 Ban on Handguns and Automatic Repeating Weapons It is the policy of the AMA to: (1) Support interventions pertaining to firearm control, especially those that occur early in the life of the weapon (e.g., at the time of manufacture or importation, as opposed to those involving possession or use). Such interventions should include but not be limited to: (a) mandatory inclusion of safety devices on all firearms, whether manufactured or imported into the United States, including built-in locks, loading indicators, safety locks on triggers, and increases in the minimum pressure required to pull triggers; (b) bans on the possession and use of firearms and ammunition by unsupervised youths under the age of 18; (c) the imposition of significant licensing fees for firearms dealers; (d) the imposition of federal and state surtaxes on manufacturers, dealers and purchasers of handguns and semiautomatic repeating weapons along with the ammunition used in such firearms, with the attending revenue earmarked as additional revenue for health and law enforcement activities that are directly related to the prevention and control of violence in U.S. society; and (e) mandatory destruction of any weapons obtained in local buy-back programs. (2) Support legislation outlawing the Black Talon and other similarly constructed bullets. (3) Support the right of local jurisdictions to enact firearm regulations that are stricter than those that exist in state statutes and encourage state and local medical societies to evaluate and support local efforts to enact useful controls. (BOT Rep. 50, I-93; Reaffirmed: CSA Rep. 8, A-05) http://www.ama-assn.org/apps/pf_new...99.HTM&nxt_pol=policyfiles/HnE/H-145.978.HTM& H-145.996 Handgun Availability The AMA (1) advocates a waiting period and background check for all handgun purchasers; (2) encourages legislation that enforces a waiting period and background check for all handgun purchasers; and (3) urges legislation to prohibit the manufacture, sale or import of lethal and non-lethal guns made of plastic, ceramics, or other non-metallic materials that cannot be detected by airport and weapon detection devices. (Res. 140, I-87; Reaffirmed: BOT Rep. 8, I-93; Reaffirmed: BOT Rep. 50, I-93; Reaffirmed: CSA Rep. 8, A-05) This may be old news to you guys, but I personally just came across is.