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By: Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics

“Today, members of the United States Senate failed to pass common-sense amendments that would have helped protect children from gun violence by expanding background checks on all firearm purchases and making it more difficult for suspected terrorists to buy guns. It is especially discouraging that in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history, our elected officials could not come together to pass basic bipartisan proposals to make our country safer. It is even more disheartening when compared against past failures of our elected leaders to act, but pediatricians understand all too well the toll gun violence takes on a community, and we will not give up our push for meaningful action.

“We have lost far too many young lives to gun violence. Today, the Senate missed a critical opportunity to lay a foundation for strong federal policies to keep children safe, but pediatricians will not give up our fight against this preventable public health crisis. We will keep advocating for our nation’s leaders—both those running for office and those who are currently serving—to allow science to prevail over politics so that we can work together to make our country safer.”