Can you tell the difference?

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Two handguns. One is an Airsoft pistol, a toy that uses compressed gas to shoot a 6mm plastic pellet at approximately 300 feet per second that might cause a bruise if it hit bare skin. The other is a real semiautomatic pistol that fires a 9mm bullet at approximately 1,200 feet per second and could cause a fatal wound. Can you tell the difference just by looking at them? If you can’t, how can you expect your child to know the difference?

Elementary school children, middle schoolers, and even high school students have accidentally injured or killed other children because they couldn’t tell the difference either, and didn’t know what to do if they encountered a firearm outside of responsible adult supervision. What would you want your child to do if he or she encountered a pistol like this one outside of responsible adult supervision? How will they know if you don’t tell them?

Please talk with your children about gun safety even if you don’t own guns. Read this article for information about how to get the conversation started (http://bit.ly/1k6bCva) and consider hosting or delivering the presentation “Why and How to Talk With Your Children About Gun Safety (Even If You Don’t Own Guns)” in your community (http://bit.ly/1lESKao). 

 

No Victims’ author talks about children and gun safety on Atlanta AM1160 on the Ready Radio Show

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Many thanks to AM1160 Ready Radio Show hosts Doug and Amy for allowing No Victims to hijack today’s show to talk about the critical topic of children and gun safety! The hour just flew by, but we were able to cover some important safety messages and resources for parents (whether or not they own guns) with children in three age groups: Pre-K to third grade, fourth to sixth grades, and seventh grades and above. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to a Podcast or download an mp3 of the show.

Thanks also to TruPrep, who sponsor the Ready Radio Show!

Finally, if you would like to bring either of the free children’s gun safety lectures mentioned on the show to your own community, please:

  • If you are within driving distance of Metro Atlanta, please contact No Victims via the Contact page on this site to schedule free a presentation at your school, house of worship, youth group, or community center.
  • If you are elsewhere in the country and would feel comfortable presenting this content yourself, please please contact No Victims via the Contact page on this site to request free presentation packs that include the PowerPoint presentations, speaker’s notes, flyer templates and parent resource sheets.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon brings Refuse To Be A Victim to Georgia Tech

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On Saturday October 26th, representatives of Sigma Alpha Epsilon from around Georgia will convene for their annual meeting at Georgia Tech. A portion of this meeting will be dedicated to a Refuse To Be A Victim seminar being offered to improve the safety knowledge of those members in attendance. This session, being led by No Victims’ volunteer certified instructor Matt Podowitz, is also being taught to promote the idea of bringing this important safety course to college students across Georgia — students that increasingly are being targeted by petty and violent criminals on and near their campuses.

As is the case with all Refuse To Be A Victim Seminars, topics covered will include:

  • Safety in the home (in this case, focusing on dormitories, apartments, and fraternity houses)
  • Safety in one’s car and on public transport
  • Safety in public (whether on-campus or off-campus) and while traveling
  • Safety online

As this particular Refuse To Be A Victim seminar is for college students specifically, it also will include an additional module on campus safety that addresses topics pertinent to college students.

This Refuse To Be A Victim seminar is invitation-only for Sigma Alpha Epsilon conference participants. However, if you would like to bring this important personal safety seminar to your or your children’s college or university or to your community association, please use the Contact tab above to send a request for information. No Victims’ volunteer certified instructor teaches this course for free as a community service (but does ask to be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses).

Free Child Safety Presentations @ Johns Creek Gun Range All Day on November 9th

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Please join parent and volunteer certified firearms safety instructor Matt Podowitz at Johns Creek Gun Range for multiple sessions of two free children’s safety presentations as part of the range’s Grand Opening activities:

10AM and 2PM – For Parents

How and Why To Talk With Your Kids About Gun Safety (Even If You Don’t Own Guns) – Dozens of children are killed and more are injured in firearms-related accidents in the United States each year. With between a third and a half of American households containing a gun, guns present as much a risk to children’s safety as prescription drugs, swimming pools, electrical outlets, and crossing the street. Most firearms-related accidents involving children can be avoided. In the same way that parents teach their children about those other risks, so we should educate their children about the risks guns pose and how to avoid them. This applies equally to parents who own guns and parents who do not. This brief (30-minute) multimedia presentation provides parents with specific talking points and pointers to educational resources they can use to discuss this challenging and difficult topic for three different age groups – preschool to third grade, fourth to sixth grades, and seventh grade and up.

10:45AM and 2:45PM – For Teenagers

Five Things Every Teen Should Know About Gun Safety – Developed originally at the request of a youth group advisor, “Five Things Every Teen Should Know About Gun Safety” speaks directly to teenagers about how to stay safe in situations where a gun is present. This 30-minute presentation is for all teenagers – no matter how they or their parents feel personally about guns — covers five critical topics that teenagers avoid being injured or killed in situations where a gun is present.

(Please note neither of these presentations involve the the use or handling of actual firearms.)

Seats are limited for these presentations. Please call Johns Creek Gun Range at (770) 476-9036 to reserve seats for you and your teenaged children.

Johns Creek Gun Range is conveniently located at 7790 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Suwanee, GA 30024,. Please click the address for a map and directions.

Please share this information on your Facebook page and directly with others in your community who may want to attend!

How and Why To Talk With Your Kids About Gun Safety (Even If You Don’t Own Guns): A Free Safety Presentation for Epstein School Parents, 10/8 @ 7PM

From a child-safety perspective, guns are as much a reality as swimming pools, electrical outlets, matches or poisonous household cleaners. In the same way that parents teach their children about those other risks, so they should educate their children about the risks guns pose and how to avoid them. This applies equally to parents who own guns and to parents who don’t own guns.

Epstein School parents, please join parent and volunteer certified firearms safety instructor Matt Podowitz at the Epstein School at 7:00PM on Tuesday, October 8th for a free, 30-minute multimedia presentation about the steps every parent can take to reduce the risk of their children being injured or killed in a gun-related accident.

After attending this presentation, parents will be able to: 

  • Explain how and why children are injured or killed in gun-related accidents
  • Identify circumstances under which their children could be exposed to guns without appropriate adult supervision
  • Talk about guns and gun safety with children in three age groups – young children, pre-teens and teenagers
  • Identify and obtain age-appropriate materials to help them talk with their children about guns and gun safety
  • Minimize child-safety risks when living in or visiting homes with guns

Please note: This presentation is offered free of charge as a community service on behalf of any organization that can provide a venue and an audience. If you are not an Epstein Parent, or are unable to attend the above session and would like to organize a presentation for your school, PTA, community association or house of worship, please use the Contact tab at the top of the page to request additional information.

Now Available — Presentation Packages for Child Safety Presentations (UPDATED)

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No Victims is pleased to announce the availability of presentation packages for two of its child safety presentations:

  • How and Why To Talk With Your Kids About Gun Safety (Even If You Don’t Own Guns) - Dozens of children are killed and more are injured in firearms-related accidents in the United States each year. With between a third and a half of American households containing a gun, guns present as much a risk to children’s safety as prescription drugs, swimming pools, electrical outlets, and crossing the street. Most firearms-related accidents involving children can be avoided. In the same way that parents teach their children about those other risks, so we should educate their children about the risks guns pose and how to avoid them. This applies equally to parents who own guns and parents who do not. This brief (30-minute) multimedia presentation provides parents with specific talking points and pointers to educational resources they can use to discuss this challenging and difficult topic for three different age groups – preschool to third grade, fourth to sixth grades, and seventh grade and up.
  • Five Things Every Teenager Should Know About Gun Safety - Developed originally at the request of a youth group advisor, “Five Things Every Teen Should Know About Gun Safety” speaks directly to teenagers about how to stay safe in situations where a gun is present. This 30-minute presentation is for all teenagers – no matter how they or their parents feel personally about guns. This brief presentation addresses five key topics: #1 – Guns are never a way to express emotion, #2 – It is OK to tell if someone has a gun who shouldn’t or somewhere they shouldn’t, #3 – Having a plan for what to do if someone starts shooting is key to survival, #4 – Knowing the three “always” rules of safe gun handling can help keep you safe, #5 – Trying to help someone put down a gun and not knowing how can do more harm than good.

Click on each of the links above to download the presentation package for each presentation.  Each presentation package includes the PowerPoint for each presentation, detailed speaker notes, and any associated media files. Each link will download the corresponding presenter packet as a ,ZIP file.

UPDATE: Due to certain individuals misappropriating these materials and attempting to use them in the interest of gun politics rather than children’s safety, these files are no longer available for download. If you would like to bring this important safety information to your own community, please use the Contact form above to request one or both presenter packets. Please be sure to provide a valid email address to which the links to the packets can be sent.

As with all No Victims content, these may be used and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0United States License. No Victims readers are encouraged to use and share these presentations in their communities.

Thwarting Home Invasions, Part 1

Home InvasionHome invasions are among the most terrifying and often the most violent of crimes. Combining the worst aspects of burglary and armed robbery, many home invasions escalate into kidnappings, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults and even murders. In this two-part series, we explore steps homeowners and renters alike can take to reduce the potential of a home-invasion occurring and reduce the potential for violence even in the event a home invasion does occur. In Part 1, we examine means to prevent criminals’ entry into the home – the first, critical defense against home invasions.   Continue reading

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