Pediatricians Fight For Tougher Gun Control Laws

Pediatricians Fight For Tougher Gun Control Laws

Pediatricians believe the numbers should speak for themselves.

“If you think that Congress has sort of been asleep … you are wrong,” said Dr. Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins University. “They have been doing a very good job of weakening the laws to make it easier for gun dealers to have the least amount of responsibility. They have made it harder to sue dealers and made it harder to access data on … which dealers are pumping out guns to criminals. They’ve made it almost impossible to prosecute a gun dealer.”

The NRA has sponsored legislation that would ban pediatricians from asking parents about guns in their home, despite the fact that doctors routinely ask about safety issues like car seats and bicycle helmets.

The pro-gun group Second Amendent Foundation put together its own group of doctors: Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO). While the AAP has 60,000 doctors nationwide who voted overwhelming in support of gun control, DRGO has 1,400 doctors against it.

DRGO says the American Medical Association (with more than 200,000 members) and the AAP are simply “motivated by deep-seated prejudice against gun owners.”

“DRGO’s mission is to expose the poor medical scholarship—and the anti-gun bias behind it—held out as truth by organized medicine and medical journals,” says the DRGO website.