How and Why To Talk With Your Kids About Guns (Even If You Don’t Own Guns): A Free Safety Presentation for Chesnut Charter Elementary School Parents, 2/19 @ 6:00PM

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Dozens of children are killed and dozens or hundreds 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 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.

Please note this presentation date is for Chesnut Charter Elementary School parents. If you would like to bring this free safety presentation to your school, house of worship, or community association, please use the Contact tab at the top of the page to contact the presenter.

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Free Presentation: How to Talk To Your Kids About Guns (Even If You Don’t Own Guns) – 11/6 or 12/3, Sandy Springs

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 to parents who love guns, to parents who hate guns and everyone in between.

Please join me at Sandy Springs Shooting Range for either of two free presentations of “How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns (Even if You Don’t Own Guns)”. This 30-minute multimedia program provides parents – all parents, regardless of whether they themselves own guns – with constructive actions and useful resources that can help reduce the risk that their child will be injured or killed in a firearms accident.

When: Sunday, November 6th 2011 2:00pm-2:45pm or Saturday, December 3rd 2011 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Where: Sandy Springs Shooting Range, 8040 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
RSVP and More Info: Please call Sandy Springs Shooting Range, (770) 394-4867

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 unable to attend the above sessions 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.

What Every Parent Should Know About Gun Safety @ ACMS, 2/9/11 7:00PM

 

If you have a student at Atlanta Charter Middle School, please join No Victims’ author for a presentation of “What Every Parent Should Know About Gun Safety (Even If They Don’t Own Guns)”.  This 30-minute multimedia program provides parents with constructive actions and useful resources that can help reduce the risk that their child will be injured or killed in a firearms accident.

This will be one of four presentations addressing various teen safety risks given as part of this special program of the ACMS PTCA.

Home Firearms Safety course in development for East Atlanta/SAND communities

Noting there has been an increased interest in firearms ownership in the community in the wake of recent, well-publicized violent crimes, No Victims is testing the waters and gauging interest in a home firearms safety course for the EAV/SAND community.

Home Firearms Safety is a non-shooting course and teaches participants the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition in the home. This is a three- to four-hour course for safe gun handling that is conducted in the classroom only. Students are taught three rules for safe gun handling; primary causes of firearms accidents; firearm parts; how to unload certain action types; ammunition components; cleaning; care; and safe storage of firearms in the home. This course is a good one for anyone new to firearms, for non-shooters who live in a home with a  firearm used primarily by someone else or for anyone of any experience level who wants to increase their proficiency in the safe handling of firearms. Continue reading

Why and How To Talk With Your Children About Guns (Even If You Don’t Own Guns)

Talking With KidsFrom 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 to parents who love guns, to parents who hate guns and everyone in between – the politics of guns are immaterial when it comes to children’s safety. In this article, we explore the importance of and approach to talking with children about guns as a means of reducing the potential they will be injured or killed if they encounter one without an adult present.

Note:  Ownership of firearms is a deeply personal decision and, for many, a divisive and emotional issue. This article is not intended to encourage firearms ownership or to take a stance on whether or how children should be exposed to recreational or defensive firearms use. Rather, it is intended to help all parents, regardless of how they feel about firearms, reduce the risk of their child being injured or killed should they encounter a firearm outside the supervision of a responsible adult. 

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What To Do If Your Firearm Is Stolen

 

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As discussed in a previous article, part of responsible firearms ownership is making every reasonable effort to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to them. Unfortunately – despite often Herculean efforts by firearms owners – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) reports that thousands of firearms are stolen every year. While the goal of the responsible firearms owner should be for their firearm never to be stolen, there are steps that must be taken both in anticipation of a theft someday occurring and once a theft actually has occurred.  In this article, we explore these steps and put forth some suggestions on how to minimize exposure and aid law enforcement in the event your firearm is ever stolen.

 

 

Note: Ownership of firearms is a deeply personal decision and, for many, a divisive and emotional issue. This article is not intended to encourage firearms ownership or to take a stance on whether reporting of stolen firearms should be mandatory under the law. Rather, it is intended to inform those who choose to own firearms about responsible actions that should be taken in the event their firearm is stolen.

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The First Question To Ask About Defensive Firearms Ownership

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I am asked periodically by people in my neighborhood, “What kind of gun should I buy?”, usually in response to a spike in crime in our little slice of Atlanta. While firearms save thousands of innocent lives every year and this is not an unreasonable question to ask before purchasing one, I feel strongly there is a more important question that should be asked first – “Should I own a defensive firearm?” This article briefly explores some of the factors that go into answering this first, most important question about owning a firearm for personal defense.

Note: Ownership of firearms is a deeply personal decision and, for many, a divisive and emotional issue. This article is not intended to encourage firearms ownership or to take a stance on whether firearms ownership should be permitted. Rather, it is intended to encourage a reasoned and thoughtful decision process by those considering purchasing a firearm.
Note: The author is not an attorney or law enforcement officer and neither claims qualification nor seeks to render legal advice regarding any aspect of firearms ownership. It is every individual firearms owner’s obligation to understand and adhere to applicable law. Please consult an attorney or law enforcement officer with any legal questions regarding firearms ownership.

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