In the October issue of AAP News, there is a letter from Dr. Madrigal-Dersch responding to the AAP's emphasis on gun control legislation. In this letter, Dr. Madrigal-Dersch criticizes the AAP's focus on "... the hysterical outcry against guns," and in the end claims that the focus on gun control is "... outside the pale of pediatric practice."

I personally cannot think of an issue that is more relevant to pediatric practice than gun control. Firearm-related injuries are the second leading cause of death in pediatrics, and a child dies in the United States every 1½ hours from a hand-gun.1,2 No amount of emphasis that the American Academy of Pediatrics places on gun control can be considered to be excessive.

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