Welcome to the California District of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CA) Web Page. The AAP-CA is a collaborative effort of the four AAP-CA Chapters: Chapter 1 (Northern California), Chapter 2 (Greater Los Angeles area), Ch 3 (San Diego and Imperial Counties) and Ch 4 (Orange County). Together we represent primary care and subspecialty pediatricians–over 80% California's board-certified pediatricians are members. AAP-CA is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults living in California. Your California Chapter dues make our statewide efforts possible!
AAP Statement on Senate’s Failure to Pass Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
By: James Perrin, MD, FAAP, President-Elect, American Academy of Pediatrics
Today, members of the United States Senate failed to pass a package of common sense gun safety bills that would have helped protect children from gun violence. It is especially discouraging that in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., our elected officials could not come together to pass basic bipartisan proposals to make our country safer.
Gun violence is one of the single greatest public health threats to children in this country. Firearm injuries are one of the top three causes of death among youth, killing twice as many children as cancer, five times as many as heart disease, and 15 times as many as infections. Among children younger than 15, the United States has a firearm-related death rate 12 times higher than 25 other industrialized nations combined.
We have lost far too many young lives lost to gun violence. Today, the Senate missed a critical opportunity to lay a foundation for strong federal policies to keep children safe, but pediatricians remain undeterred. We will continue to advocate for strong federal policies that protect children from gun violence, and we will do so without pause or apology, until we see real progress. Pediatricians urge our elected leaders in Congress to find the courage to start again, to allow science to prevail over politics, and to do right by our children."
Latest Three for Thought Blog Post from AAP-CA CEO Kris Calvin
Read more Three for Thought blog updates.
The Connecticut Shooting—Resources for Pediatricians and Families
For more upcoming AAP California CME meetings see the Meetings page for details.
Check out our new Advocate Now section, where you can see the legislative bills AAP-CA is following and get involved!
The information presented on this web site is not intended to replace
the medical care and advice of your own pediatrician. Individual pediatricians
may vary their treatments based on particular facts and circumstances
in each case.