GUN SAFETY = GUN SENSE (Part Two)

Guests:  Jennifer Heinz Rosen, leader/trainer, MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA; Bob Mokos, Survivor Fellow, EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY

Every day 96 Americans are killed with guns. Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. The U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times that of other high-income countries. The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times that of other high-income countries.

Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of death for Black children and teens. Women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high-income countries. Access to a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. And the statistics continue…

On this program, the second in a two-part series, Jennifer Heinz Rosen and Bob Mokos talk about the impact of guns on every day life.

They encourage everyone to BE SMART: SECURE all guns in your home and vehicles; MODEL responsible behavior around guns; ASK about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes; RECOGNIZE the risks of teen suicide; TELL your peers to BE SMART.

To learn more, visit BeSMARTforkids.org.

GUN SAFETY = GUN SENSE (Part One)

Guests:  Bob Mokos, Survivor Fellow, EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY; Jennifer Rosen Heinz, Leader/Trainer, MOMS DEMAND ACTIONS FOR GUN SENSE

“Rights don’t come without responsibility,” says Bob Mokos, a gun owner, retired military, airline pilot, NRA member, and a Survivor Fellow with EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY.  Survivor Fellow means that Mokos has personally experienced the loss of a loved one at the hands of a gun. In 1986, his sister, Diane, was shot in the head as she was entering her car in a parking lot. The shooter was never caught. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Mokos’ took his personal grief public.

EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

On this program, the first in a two-part series, Bob Mokos is joined by Jennifer Rosen Heinz with MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE. They discuss the Second Amendment, the gun lobby, the evolution of the NRA, mass shootings, guns in schools, and common sense steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence and make communities safer.

FOLLOWING A GLOBAL TRAIN OF THOUGHT: A WRITER’S JOURNEY

Guest: David Benjamin, journalist, writer, author, publisher

Sitting down with David Benjamin is like going on a virtual global exploration of runaway thoughts that emerge from the depth and breadth of his life experiences. Benjamin has been writing for decades, and his essays, novels and other literary works offer a lively mix of intriguing reading.

As a writer in a wide range of venues, Benjamin has expanded to self-publishing his Last Kid Books series and is releasing his first three books this Spring. In the first book, Almost Killed by a Train of Thought, the journey of essays takes us from his native Wisconsin to Brooklyn, Paris, Tokyo and beyond with an originality that can be startling, provocative and entertaining.

On this program, David Benjamin, will give us a taste of the unique insights and his lifetime of stories that have ended up on the printed page.

David Benjamin will be appearing at two bookstores in Madison: Mystery to Me, 1863 Monroe St., 7 PM Friday, April 12, and West Towne Barnes & Noble, 2 PM, Saturday, April 13.

THE CANNABIS STORY, CBD OIL, AND WHAT IS LEGAL IN WISCONSIN

Guest:  Jeff Kundert, co-owner of Green RX Madison, president of the American Cannabis Society

Cannabis, Marijuana, Hemp, CBD, THC: Perhaps you are as confused as some of the rest of us in understanding what the difference is and what is actually legal.

On this program, Jeff Kundert, co-owner of Green RX Madison and president of the American Cannibis Society, defines the terms, shares some of the history of cannabis and describes how the Farm Bill played a major role in opening the way for CBD products to be legally marketed and sold to those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mild-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical products.

This program is an explanation of the claims and a recognition of the gaining momentum there is for CBD oil and other related products in the health and wellness world.

HOW TO STOP LIVING THE LIFE YOU DON’T WANT AND LIVING THE LIFE YOU DO

Guest:  Larry Cockerel, author, motivational speaker…

“Change your thinking, and you can change your future,” says Larry Cockerel, author of many books including his latest, Your Life Matters – How to Get out of the Life You Don’t Want and Live the Life You Do Want.

For many year, Larry Cockerel and adversity walked hand in hand. His life experiences included homelessness, addiction and cancer and all of the challenges inherent in those situations.

On this program, Larry Cockerel takes us back to his earlier days when he felt stuck, angry and afraid to face the future. He describes his cancer diagnosis as a “gift” in disguise which helped him recognize his strong drive to survive and opened his eyes to new beginnings. He shares how, when his thinking changed, so did his life. “Life is a series of choices,” says Cockerel. “How we choose to react or respond to life’s events can make all the difference.”

Today, Larry Cockerel uses his personal experience to positively influence the lives of others.