Just ASK A DOC and Help Save Children’s Lives In Colorado

Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU) is a multi-faith coalition of over 30 congregations and organizations working to reduce gun deaths in our state. CFCU uses advocacy, awareness and action to bring about change. Colorado is one of ten states in which the number of gun fatalities, up 30% since 2006, now exceeds motor vehicle deaths.*

One of our projects seeks to change the conversation by framing firearm violence as a public health issue. Guns in the home can create a dangerous situation if parents don’t understand the risk for accidental shootings and suicide and how to minimize them. We are joined in this approach by seven national medical organizations, which recently issued a call to action “aimed at reducing the health and public health consequences of firearms”, arguing that “similar approaches have produced major achievements in the reduction of tobacco use, motor vehicle deaths (seat belts), and unintentional poisoning”.**

You, as a concerned citizen, parent or grandparent, can help change the conversation by Asking your Doc. At your child’s next wellness appointment, ask your doctor or pediatric health care provider if he or she currently screens for guns in the home and provides guidance regarding safe storage. This type of screening has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2012 – it’s not just our idea!

 

We’ve developed everything you’ll need:

  • What to say and ask
  • An informational hand-out for your child’s health care provider
  • An educational brochure that child health providers can give to parents

 

Thank you for supporting our effort to reduce firearm deaths and injuries in Colorado, starting with our children. By encouraging doctors to provide this advice about safe storage and when guns should be removed from the home, we can save lives and begin to see Colorado’s gun fatalities go down. For questions or to relay helpful information from asking your doctor, contact Alana Smart or Jan McCoy

 

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*in 2014 there were 611 firearm fatalities and 486 motor vehicle deaths in Colorado. Colorado Dept. of Health and Environment

**The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Public Health Association. Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action from 8 Health Professional Organizations and the American Bar Association,

Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb. 24, 2015

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