Well, in all honesty they brought it on themselves. In the early 2000's, the AAP, AMA and APA joined together to form the Doctors Against Handgun Injury. This group actively pursued handgun bans and other forms of firearm restrictions when making gun control a 'public health issue' seemed a workable solution.
The AAP has long held anti-gun positions. Here are their 'recommendations':
Advice to parentsAlong w/ the debunked Kellerman nonsense, this is what the AAP endorses. So it's not, as some have claimed, just the NRA being a bunch of knee jerk gun extremists and Dr's just wanting to talk about safe gun handling/storage for kids, this is the response to a long term political effort to demonize and ban guns in the home by a well funded and influential lobbying group.
The best way to keep your children safe from injury or death from guns is to NEVER have a gun in the home.
Do not purchase a gun, especially a handgun.
Remove all guns present in the home.
Talk to your children about the dangers of guns, and tell them to stay away from guns.
Find out if there are guns in the homes where your children play. If so, talk to the adults in the house about the dangers of guns to their families.