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5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

Each Christmas, there are children around America who unwrap a new, non-powder gun. These guns include BB, pellet, and paintball. While many parents may believe such guns to be harmless, and even see them as a toy, statistics suggest otherwise. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 20,000 injuries result from these types of guns each year, with four percent of them requiring hospitalization.

“These guns are not toys at all, and they can certainly do damage both to people and to animals,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “In our line of work, we have seen it often – kids who shoot at animals just for fun, and leave them distressed and injured. These guns create problems that parents are not even usually aware of.”

Here are 5 tips for parents who may have a child with one of these non-powder guns, or who are considering getting one for them:

 

Hobie is Learning New Tricks

Hobie is Learning New Tricks

“Hobie (formerly Brinks) is just a darling. He sits, stays, shakes, and has a perfect ‘down,’ when not distracted, of course! He's learning to ‘fetch the paper’ and to ‘wait’ before charging through a doorway. He's playful, curious, very smart, and just a regular love. He loves big dogs, and now that he has his rabies vaccine, he is going to K9 Divine's farm two days a week, which is heaven for him. We also love exploring the woods behind our house and the Archbold Glover Trail. Hobie is now a part time lawyer and loves going to my husband’s law office.

Canine Companions For Independence Will Walk In Inaugural Parade

MIDDLEBURG, Va. (WUSA) ---  "I have had him for almost nine years and he is the best thing that has happened to me."

Caroline Elgin, 19, describes her skilled canine companion, Sajen. The 11-year-old dog can turn off lights, pull the socks off Elgin's feet and fetch his own leash. These are just three of over 60 commands that the dog knows.

Sajen was trained by Canine Companions for Independence or CCI. The non-profit organization provides highly trained service dogs for those with disabilities.

Teaching Cents To Your Kids

Teaching Cents To Your Kids

Teach your kids financial literacy!

George C. Marshall High School of Falls Church, Va. is hosting the free event with special speaker Amy Monlezun, the talent development specialist at Navy Federal Credit Union.

When:

Saturday January 5th, 2013

2:30-3:30pm

Where:

Dolley Madison Public Library

1244 Oak Ridge Avenue

McLean, VA 22101

RSVP by emailing teachingcentstoyourkids@gmail.com. Refreshments will be provided.

HELPING HAITIAN ANGELS SECURES 40 ACRES TO BUILD ORPHANAGE in HAITI

HELPING HAITIAN ANGELS SECURES 40 ACRES TO BUILD ORPHANAGE in HAITI

In 2010, Haymarket, Va. residents, Bill and Debbie Harvey, founders of Helping Haitian Angels, began the slow process of acquiring 40 acres in Haiti with plans to build orphan homes, a church, a school and a medical clinic for Haiti’s orphans of Limonade, Haiti. After two years, Helping Haitian Angels finally realized their dream with the help of donors, friends and family who helped raise the $60,000 to acquire the land. For details, go to www.helpinghaitianangels.org or call 703-298-3183.

Got Brunch? 5 Reasons to Try Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Got Brunch? 5 Reasons to Try Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge now offers a brunch menu in addition to their regular lunch menu. The brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The menu features a variety of sweets, eggs, omelets, and more.

“Brunch is a special time of the day for many people,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge. “Brunch is a great meal because you get so many good options to choose from, and you don’t have to get out of bed early to enjoy them before the breakfast menu is no longer available.”

Here are 5 reasons to make a point of going to brunch:

1. Power up to power shop. Those who will be engaged in heavy holiday shopping will need to fuel up in order to keep going. They can get all the energy they need by attending a brunch. Whether going before heading out to shop, or stopping in after they get that party started, the food will be ready and waiting.

Va. State Delegate Proposes Requiring Gun Training For Some Public School Staff

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) -- Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall said his first reaction when he saw last week's disturbing video from Newtown, Conn., was utter sadness that so many young lives had been taken, again. His next reaction was to try to harden potential targets in Virginia.

With that in mind, Marshall said he'll soon propose legislation that would not just allow certain teachers and school administrators to carry guns in school, as Governor McDonnell suggested on Tuesday, but, essentially, require it.

"If the school principal in Connecticut was coming out of her office and saw a guy coming at her with a gun, she would have known what to do," Marshall said.

According to Marshall, the legislation will require that at least one person in every Virginia public school be trained and certified to carry a gun. The legislation will not explicitly require those people to actually carry a gun in school but Marshall says that is absolutely his hope.