In January 2020, the National Shooting Sports Foundation launched an initiative called “Gun Owners Care” (GOC) because it believes the 100 million+ members of the firearms community in America care about their neighbors and communities. Tisma Juett, Regional Member Services Manager for the NSSF, focuses on community in this video – 2nd in a 5-part series.
Sponsored by the NSSF and Project ChildSafe
Tisma details various ways that gun owners care about their communities, which includes hunters donating harvests to local food banks, and gun clubs and firearms industry businesses organizing food and blood drives.
She also points to the millions of dollars gun owners have raised for the Ronald McDonald House Charities through Kids & Clays foundation shoots.
Kids & Clays is an organization that supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities through the shooting sports, and has raised almost $18 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities since 1999. It also allows the Ronald McDonald Houses to keep 100% net of the event proceeds, and 100% of national drawing ticket sales.
Firearms manufacturers have contributed more than 70 million free locking devices with new firearms, sold since 1998. You can check to see if Project ChildSafe is offered in your area. If you check the Project ChildSafe website, you will find useful resources, including checklists regarding storage and safe gun handling. The site also contains helpful resources to further support safe gun storage and proper education for all age levels.
Tisma, a hunter who loves to hunt whatever is in season, also mentions the fact that hunter-donated venison feeds more than 11 million people annually.
Gun owners may join this national movement by contributing $25, and will receive a GOC hat, window decal and booklet. The NSSF calls these items a “badge of honor” for gun owners who care. Also, gun owners are encouraged to tell their stories of safe gun handling and ownership with this hashtag: #GunOwnersCare
Part 1: GOC about Safety.