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Children and Handguns

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(1):5. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140150007001.
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Sir.—Information coming to me from Gun Week newspaper (May 10, 1985) mentioned a quotation written in an AJDC editorial by Diane H. Schetky, MD1 (Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, Conn), that included, "Yet, when it comes to violence, we turn our backs and accept it as part of the American way of life."

The Gun Week article did not make it clear whether the balance of Dr Schetky's comments appeared in the AJDC editorial. If this additional material did appear in an editorial, the editorial board should have checked Dr Schetky's "facts." Please see my letter in Gun Week (June 7, 1985) questioning the extreme slant of the "facts" concerning children under the age of 5 years and violence involving firearms.

Please advise if the American Medical Association and the editorial board of AJDC stand behind the comments of Dr Schetky concerning firearms and child safety.



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