The purpose of this site is to facilitate a better understanding of the current opinions of neonatologists. Your participation is desired and needed. Please carefully read the introduction then fill out the 1 minute survey below. This survey is time limited and will close soon. ONLY NEONATOLOGISTS SHOULD COMPLETE THIS SURVEY! Please do not attempt to take the survey more than once.
The Colorado Theater Shooting has refocused natinal attention on the question of whether or not assault weapons should be legal for purchase in the United States. There is very limited data to suggest that bans on assualt weapons do decrease shootings associated with these specific weaspon that comes from the Maryland experience (see reference below as an example).
Weil DS, Knox RC. The Maryland ban on the sale of assault pistols and high-capacity magazines: estimating the impact in Baltimore. Am J Public Health. 1997 Feb;87(2):297-8.
The general public may not have the ability to analyze the validity of data (or its absence), however all neonatologists are required to do two years of research as part of their training in fellowship and are expected to be able to interpret data as part of their ability to read the neonatal literature.
Pediatricians have been surveyed in the recent past about firearms and found to have a majority opinion that not only assault weapons but hand guns too should be illegal (see reference below).
Olson LM, Christoffel KK, O’Connor KG. Pediatricians’ experience with and attitudes toward firearms. Results of a national survey. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997 Apr;151(4):352-9.
To our knowledge, no one has ever specifically surveyed Neonatologists on this issue. We though it would be of interest to do so.
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