If you’ve picked up a Survival magazine, heard a podcast, or been to a Prepper/Self-Reliance Expo of late, you’ve no doubt run across articles and information on Survival Medicine from “Doc Bones & Nurse Amy” of DoomAndBloom.net. I had the privilege of being interviewed by them during their Survival Medicine Hour this past week.
Talk about an awesome time! With a show designed to equip everyone from soccer-moms to hardcore preppers, we covered a lot of ground as we discussed “parental prepping” and each Prepper Book, in turn.
Key Point: You don’t have to scare your kids to prepare!
It’s not often I get the chance to review a book from another children’s author, but today is one of those days! Authors Brian Jeffs and-Nathan Nephew, co-hosts of “At Odds: A Political Talkshow” have written a book that goes in depth about reasons to open carry, philosophies thereof, and some pretty decent explanations of the Second Amendment.
While the Prepper Pete series I write for sometimes is critiqued for being targeted at “too young” of an audience, “My Parents Open Carry” goes in the other direction. This isn’t a five minute bedtime story. However, it is very in depth and explains several of the most popular discussions surround open carry, concealed carry, and the Second Amendment.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to learning a couple of things, despite the fact that I often put forth similar reasons to people about the subject at hand. For instance, there is a clear definition regarding the difference between the “organized militia” and the “unorganized militia” – direct from U.S. Code, but something I’ve not really heard of late in the discussion. Who knew!?
There are discussions at the bookstore, the grocery store, and on the range, etc. Each one poses a different philosophy. One of the simplest messages, however, is that responsible folks take their safety and the safety of their loved ones seriously, and “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.”
“Forget what you learned in school, never mind what your parents told you, disregard what your friends say. From now onthe only people you need to listen to are these guys. Political talk from two wise-guys Brian and Nate…”
That description about sums it up! Being a guest speaker is always fun, and these two definitely had some great discussion questions and points to make. We talked about the Prepper Pete series – past, present, and future.
Check out their website, leave a comment, like them on Facebook, and be sure to listen to the show! Our segment starts at about 34:24 and goes for a good twenty minutes to pretty much finish out the show.
Gaye Levy over at Backdoor Survival has just finished out another awesome BDS Book Festival! We missed announcing the 12 Days review, but there’s still four days until completion with a FREE COPY of Prepper Pete’s Gun of Son being given away.
Swing over and check out the interview, sign up for the giveaway, and leave a comments on your thoughts about Children and Gun Safety! A few key excerpts:
“Gun safety is a huge issue not only for adults, but for children as well. The problem, as I see it, is that irresponsible gun use is plastered all over television and in video games. If you think that kids don’t soak that up, then you are living on another planet!
In my view, gun safety can never be overemphasized. Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son: A Gun Safety Book for Kidswill allow a parent or other adult to introduce the topic of gun safety in a manner that is family-friendly and dare I say it? Interesting and fun. The book promotes gun safety basics and emphasizes that weapons should not be feared but respected and handled carefully like any other tool. Heck, I know plenty of adults, myself included, that need that reinforcement.
Prepper Pete will allow adults to open up a gun safety conversation with children that is both fun and interesting. I cannot over-recommend this book!”
Kamel Press has released a gun safety book in a series aimed at helping children become more prepared for various situations.
CHESAPEAKE, Virginia – (September 18, 2014) – According to the National Rifle Association, there are 300 million guns owned in America, and that number continues to climb by around 10 million each year. As a result, gun safety, especially where children are concerned, has become more important than ever. A new book series aimed at helping kids to be prepared for various situations has made a course change and its focus is on helping raise more awareness regarding children and gun safety. The book, titled “Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son,” walks kids through gun safety, one page at a time.
“Everyone knows that guns and children can be a dangerous mix,” explains Kermit Jones, Jr., the author of the book. “But the absolute best way to tackle this issue is to prepare children by educating them, not scaring them. Teach them about proper gun safety and you will have greatly reduced the risks associated with them coming in contact with one.”
The book is the third in a series starring “Prepper Pete” who is an ant and survivalist. Curious and engaged, he explores and takes on issues that could be threatening, yet wisely prepares for them. In “Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son,” he buys a gun for his young son and they set out to learn a variety of important safety skills, such as holding and shooting correctly, what to do if you find a gun, how guns should be safely stored, about never pointing it at something you don’t intend to shoot, and more.
Jones has created the book as an entertaining tool that can be used to help elementary-aged children learn more about gun safety. While it’s the starting point of an important discussion, he is clear that it is not a replacement for attending a gun safety course. Focusing on the idea that “knowledge is safety,” the book helps children become more aware of what to do if they are around a gun in order to prevent accidents.
“When you teach children about gun safety and proper handling, you remove much of the enticement that comes with it being forbidden fruit,” added Jones. “If we truly want to prevent injuries and help children be safe, we have to approach the topic like all other dangers. We teach them about knives, matches, electricity, and more; in the same way, we need to teach them about gun safety. The key is to teach safety, not fear. Education is the key here as it is with most other issues.”
Jones also has a personal reason to want to increase gun safety when it comes to children; he is a father to four young children under the age of 12. A 1998 graduate of the Naval Academy and former Surface Warfare Officer, he currently serves as a Chaplain in the Navy Reserves.
Additional books in the “Prepper Pete” series include such titles as “Prepper Pete Prepares,” with the next title, “Survivalist Sam Stocks Up,” due out later this month. “Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son” is published by Kamel Press. The books are available for purchase at all major book retailers. For more information on the series, visit the site at: www.PrepperPeteAndFriends.com
About Kamel Press
Kamel Press is a Virginia-based book publisher. With list of books to their credit, they are also producing the “Prepper Pete” series, which helps children become more prepared about issues they may encounter. The latest book in the series is “Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son,” aimed at helping children learn more about gun safety. For more information on Kamel Press, visit the website at: www.kamelpress.com
National Rifle Association. Firearm Safety in America 2013. <http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2013/firearm-safety-in-america-2013.aspx>
Kids and… guns? Absolutely! Why? Because we should be teaching our children about safety – not trying to scare them!
Do you know anyone who A) has kids, and B) is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment – this is the book you’ll want to get! If you know someone who is “anti-gun” – let’s face it… they probably are simply speaking out of fear – this is the book you’ll want to get! 🙂
If knowledge is power, then in the case of firearms, “knowledge is safety.” Familiarity with guns for kids often helps avoid the “forbidden fruit” syndrome, which can create a safer environment. When they are an appropriate age, work with your kids to familiarize them with firearms, and always stress the importance of gun safety!
“Teach Safety, Not Fear!” – that’s our motto when it comes to guns. We teach them about other dangers – electricity, knives, matches/fire, etc… and that should be the same reasoning we teach them about guns… so they can be safe!
And let’s face it… your views may not matter when they visit a friend’s house, so teaching them proper safety will help keep them safe even when you’re not around.
IMPORTANT: Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son is only intended to be used as a launching point of discussion with children. It is not intended to be a substitute for an actual firearms safety course. Seek out information and a local safety course in your area, and attend with your child to demonstrate to them the importance of gun safety. Teach the “Gun Safety Rules” as well.
Kids should ask a grownup to help print and sign the “Gun Safety Contract” like the one Charlie and his dad, Prepper Pete, signed.
And, as Prepper Pete says, “There are many toy guns out there, but remember that real guns are not toys! Guns can be very dangerous if you are not careful. Even airsoft and BB guns can be dangerous and you should follow safety rules!” Remember that “good practice makes good habits” and you should always practice safety!
Birthdays, Christmas, Fourth of July!? Grab a copy in Paperback (Amazon or B&N) or eBook (Kindle) (got a Nook or something else? Don’t worry… you can download the Kindle reading app). Check other the other books in the series, as well!
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