Home Health Parents News Now Pediatricians: Gun Violence Is a Public Safety Issue Pediatricians: Gun Violence Is a Public Safety Issue By Holly Lebowitz Rossi May 15, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_138328625 30321 "I think we can be honest brokers," says Dr. Lolita McDavid, medical director for child advocacy and protection at University Hospitals, part of Case Western Reserve University's school of medicine in Cleveland. "We have to have a collectively louder voice," Dr. Danielle Laraque, who chairs the pediatrics department at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital in Brooklyn, told a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. "What we need is a call to action, to really look at how we can change public policy that is not often affected by data." They don't always get a friendly reception. Just two weeks before the doctors arrived, Congress had scuttled what gun-control advocates had considered a modest bill to expand background checks for gun sales. Congress had already dropped a wider measure pushed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden after the December shootings of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn. Image: Gun trigger, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Pediatricians: Gun Violence Is a Public Safety Issue Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.