- Discussion Guide
It is a tragic fact that today in America, at least 30 children, the equivalent of a classroom full of students, die every two days from a gun. Experts predict that gun violence will soon surpass motor vehicle accidents as the nation’s leading cause of traumatic death, making handgun violence a public health epidemic.
This live-action video uses three real-life cases to illustrate that guns are deadly and can lead to serious emotional, legal and physical consequences. Joe, age 13, used his parents’ gun to retaliate against a neighborhood bully. Two people were wounded in the confrontation. After a humiliating arrest and conviction, Joe is still paying the legal and social consequences two years later. Brian, age 10, accidentally shot his older sister to death while playing with his father’s gun. Brian and his parents will live with the pain and guilt of her senseless death for the rest of their lives. Marvin, a promising athlete who had been awarded a college football scholarship, was wounded in a random drive-by shooting. Marvin is now paralyzed from the waist down and is confined to a wheelchair, his dreams of an athletic career shattered.
Ideal for use by:
* classroom teachers
* youth and community agencies
* public health departments
* law enforcement agencies
* church groups
* PTAs and other parent groups
Handguns: Made for Killing, Not for Kids delivers three strong messages to young people: never pick up a gun; guns should not be treated as toys; and guns do not resolve conflicts.
Running Time: 19 minutes
“Organizations such as yours will help insure responsible citizens of tomorrow” Jan Casner, Principal, Bowie Elementary School
“The film makes students aware of the potential legal, medical, and social ramifications such rash actions with handguns create.” Judy Sullivan, Principal, Richardson Heights Elementary
“…will provide a wealth of information for discussion with our children…and will provide our staff with another tool to enable us to influence the children for whom we provide services.” Cathy Brock, LMSW- AP, Dallas County Juvenile Dept.
“It is thought provoking and has an emotional impact.” Carole Braden, Dallas County Juvenile Dept
“We sought to reach young people who are defying the downward trend that overall violent crime rates are experiencing. Your powerful documentary was a critical success factor in our ability to meet our objective.” Traci Grossfeld, YWCA & Sharon King, CEO, YWCA
“I am very impressed with its quality…it has a very important role in providing an educational message to kids of school age.” Michael McGonigal, MD, St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center
“The discussion and increased awareness that is generated by viewing this film will make families seriously think through how they deal with guns in their homes” M.C. Kaufmann, MD, Zero Tolerance for Violence
“ I was very moved by the film and feel you are doing a great service for the community and country with its production.” Maria Banewicz Ward, President, Women in Film