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Important!The Gorp's Gift
by Sherri Chessen
In a whirlwind of confusion and bumbling delight, Gorp delivers the message that even the youngest child can understand and relate to ... guns can hurt! Designed to be loving and interactive, the book contains a pledge that the children can sign promising to remember accident prevention measures. Click to buy.





Important!What’s Up with Freddie B. Ready; Freddie’s Surprise
by Mark Baldwin, LCSW
In this story, for ages 6-11, Freddie has to deal with responsibility when a friend shows-off his parents' firearm. Utilized by both parents and educators, the book is designed to engage and stimulate many aspects of your child’s personality, while integrating the important hands-off guns message. Following the story is a series of questions that will challenge a child’s understanding of the topic -- and they will be awarded points for each correct answer and receive a certificate for their hard work.
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Coping with Weapons and Violence in School and on Your Streets
by Maryann Miller
For grades 7-12, this book uses research and extensive interviews in its discussions on the roots of violence, weapons in modern society, gun control, the influence of the media, the cost of violent actions to society, gangs, juveniles and the criminal justice system, how to protect yourself, and successful programs for deterring school and community violence. Behavior that leads to fights is explored, as well as steps to follow to avoid confrontations.
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Evaluating and Treating Adolescent Suicide Attempters
edited by Anthony Spirito and James C. Overholser
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the emotional, behavioral and cognitive characteristics of adolescents who have attempted suicide. It also looks at the precursors and behavioral markers for a suicide attempt so the school counselor, youth worker, or therapist can recognize these important signals.
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National Research Council
New!Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review
by The Committee on Law and Justice National Research Council
This book, for adults, discusses gun control and ownership with a critical eye. It explores the effects of firearms on violence and the effects of different violence control policies. Using conventional standards of science to examine these topics, the book assesses the strengths and weaknesses of current information, and suggests ways in which it can be improved.
Editors: Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie


Guns: What You Should Know
by Rachel Ellenberg Schulson
Schulson's book describes different kinds of guns, explains how they are used, warns of possible dangers they present, and spells out simple rules to ensure gun safety. It uses simple words and bright, child-like pictures illustrate the importance of gun safety and rules, without taking a political stance.
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Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide
by Allan Creighton and Paul Kivel
This book is designed for counselors, educators, and parents. It addresses important questions for any adult who works with today's youth.
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Onomatopoeia Inc.
How to Talk to Your Kids About School Violence
by Dr. Ken Druck
This book presents techniques for improving family communication and parent-child relationships. It teaches parents how to tune into their child's world, manage their anger, handle a bully, and deal with potentially violent situations. The website also provides other helpful resources in keeping one's children safe.


Sylvia Ozner-Segal, 4/6/2004
Safe Songs 4 Kids
This four part program, designed for kids 3 to 12, teaches kids about gun safety through the use of music, songs, games and a book that includes questions to check comprehension. Safe Songs for Kids and an award winning program, endorsed by The Children's Foundation and National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police.


The Noodle Head Network
Staying Safe Around Guns (Video)
This video was developed for grades 4 through 7 by a coalition of organizations with a wide range of opinions about firearms. The video teaches kids what to do (and not do) if they come across a gun or if they find themselves in a situation where someone is handling a gun improperly.


The Noodle Head Network
Suicide: A Guide To Prevention (Video)
This video takes a kid-friendly approach to intervening in suicide situations that teens are exposed to. It shows what to do and what not to do if a fellow teen is talking about suicide or showing warning signs. This video is also an excellent training tool for professionals who want to hone their skills in talking with kids.


Alan Madison Productions
New!The Last Shot (video)
The Last Shot is a hunting safety education film that documents a fatal firearm accident involving two teenage boys and captures the devastating emotional impact. The film shows the seriousness with which firearms must be handled and the importance of learning basic firearm safety.


The Other End of The Barrel (video)
Shirley Lochowitz was a police officer whose son, Nicholas, was accidentally shot in their basement by a friend. This video recreates the day of her son's shooting, the impact on Nicholas and the family, and discusses safe gun storage.


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