Physicians, public health experts and attorneys met early last month at AAP headquarters to discuss ways to stop what they call "the gunshot wound epidemic." The nearly 30-member panel debated the effectiveness and political ramifications of gun bans, public education, gun registration laws, legal actions against gun manufacturers and safety devices. They also reviewed statistics on the number of children injured and killed in shootings. "Our longest and surest goal must be to change society's attitudes toward guns," said panel moderator Katherine Christoffel, M.D., FAAP. "It must become socially unacceptable for children to have access to deadly weapons."

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