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    Are parents receptive to counseling about firearm safety?

    Are parents receptive to counseling about firearm safety? Results of a survey of more than 1360 parents conducted in pediatricians’ waiting rooms found that 75% of parents agree that pediatricians should advise about safe storage of firearms; those who disagreed were likely to be firearm owners. Further, 13.9% of firearm owners reported they would not follow the pediatrician’s advice not to have firearms in the home; 49% would think over the advice; 22.2% would ignore it; and 13.9% would be offended about its being offered. Only 12.8% of all parents reported having a discussion with their pediatrician about firearms (Garbutt JM, et al. J Pediatr. 2016;179:166-171). 

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    Marian Freedman
    Marian Freedman is a freelance writer.

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