July 18, 20242h
NOT a Live Fire CourseParents / Guardians Only $40/person $60/couple
$40.00person


As gun owners we have a duty to teach our children on how we become responsibly armed Americans and save lives. The key to firearms safety is education, not isolation. The more we talk about and practice real gun safety measures with every member of our family, the safer we will be.

Whenever children are involved with firearms, it’s vital that you consider three important facets of safety:

    1. EDUCATION
    2. PREVENTION
    3. ACTION

To cover these three facets, this safety seminar is designed to help you know more about the why, when and how to address the topics of firearms and safety with kids of all ages.

It will also establish foundations for creating positive, welcoming and fun learning experiences for youth while preventing accidents and promoting the safe, responsible and ethical use of firearms.

Seminar Topics:

Education

Teaching Methods

Ages & Stages

Safety Overview

Gun Safety Rules

Prevention

Hospitalization Data

Preventable Tragedies

Dispelling Myths

Safe Firearms Storage

Action

Scenario Review

Next Steps

You'll Discover

Prepare

As a parent, if you choose to own, and carry a firearm, you drastically increase your level of responsibility. This course equips you with the knowledge and understanding of how to keep your entire family safe.

Plan

How would your child react if they found a gun in your home or at school? Do you know the safest way to store a firearm? Have you talked with your kids about guns and how to handle them?Planning for these realistic situations will give you and your family a foundation for safety that will last a lifetime.

Prevent

A family that works together to increase their knowledge and safe handling of guns has the best chance of preventing future mishaps and accidents.Together we can teach future generations on how to become responsibly armed Americans.
Knowing How to Teach Your Kid's Safety Can Save Their Life

Reduce Firearm Accidents

Safe Storage

Understand the different types of storage available for gun owners and how they prevent accidents.

Safe Handling

Create good habits and teach children from an early age to respect firearms. Guns are tools, not toys.

Safe Family

An informed family is a safe family. When we work together to understand firearms, we reduce accidents and “curious” mishaps.
What to bring*
  • lunch
  • pen & notebook
Students will receive
  • Children’s Firearms & Safety Fundamentals by Beth Alcazar
  • Course completion certificate



Our Instructors

I have been a firearms instructor for much of my adult life, not as a full-time position, but in addition to my primary occupation as a technologist. I spent eight (8) years in the U.S. Navy where I was part of the pilot program for what is today the Individual Augmentee program. While today IA sailors are combat trained by the Army, my class was trained by the Marine Corps. (Semper Fi!) During this time I received the Navy Expert Pistol and Navy Expert Rifle Medals. I did one deployment serving in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon my return I was tasked with anciallary duties as a Firearms Instructor.

Later, I joined the Brermerton Police Department in Bremerton, Washington as as Reserve Police Officer and attended the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Reserve Law Enforcement Academy. After serviing as a patrolman for a little over a year, I was again tasked with Firearms Instructor duties, focused on the annual re-certification of reserve police officers and sheriff deputies.  I served four years as a reserve/part time police officer.

I have been a firearms instructor for nearly 30 years and fully realize that in order to be the best instructor I can – to help people develop into safe and compentent gun-owners – I need first to be a good student myself.  Firearms competency is a perishable skill – if you don’t use it, you loose it!  To that end, I typically attend 1- 2 trainings per year from some of the top instructors around the US (Gunsite Academy, Sig Sauer Academy, Masaad Ayood Group, Rob Pincus, (I.C.E./CFS), Haley Strategic, etc.) and continuously incorporate what I learn into my courses.

In his book As a Man Thinketh, author James Allen wrote ‘Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.‘ (Allen, J., 1903)  We can have a discussion about how “deep” that statement is, but to keep it lite — You do not want to be found wanting in your self-protection skills when faced with an armed intruder to your home.  That’s the wrong ‘circumstance’ for your lack of training & skill to be ‘revealed.’

One must not only learn the basics, but commit to on-going training including situational training.  Going to the range to plink a few rounds once a month is NOT training; it’s just shooting; most likely, amounting to nothing more than reminding you what recoil feels like.  While all of our courses have a distinct focus, you will also leave with next steps and recommended exercises so when you do go to the range you can work on maintaining and improving your skills.

Unfortunately being skilled in firearms alone is not enough in these times.  The litigious nature of our current society has many gun owners scared; scared about what may happen should they find themselves in a situation which forces them to draw, let alone discharge, their firearm.  This is why in 2021 I decided to becomes a certfiied Instructor of the USCCA.  Their Conceled Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals course has become the ‘gold-standard’ training for those planning on carrying conceled.  Not only does the course teach the basics of HOW to to shoot, but also provideds excellent instruction on the legal aspects of knowing WHEN to shoot and WHAT to do (and not do) after.

Welcome to Proeliator!  I appreciate you being here and and look forward to a long relationship with you.
Remember our motto:  “Vincit Que Se Vincit” – “He conquers who conquers himself

~ Mark

Dr. Burgard is a life-long 2nd Amendment supporter, a Benefactor Life Member of the NRA, a USCCA and NRA Certified Instructor in multiple diciplines and a proud member of the FBI’s Infraguard organization.  Mark received his PhD in Computational and Data Sciences from Chapman University in Orange, CA. (And no, that doesn’t help him shoot any better. 😊)

USCCA Instructor Certifications:

  • Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals
  • Countering the Mass Shooter Threat
  • Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience
  • Woman's Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals
  • Emergency First Aid Fundamentals
  • Children's Firearms & Safety Fundamentals
  • Marksmanship Simplified: Foundations of Handgun Coaching
  • Range Safety Officer

NRA Instructor Certifications:

  • Basics of Pistol Shooting
  • Basics of Rifle Shooting
  • Basics of Shotgun Shooting
  • Home FIrearms Safety
  • Refuse To Be A Victum
  • Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Range Safety Officer

NRA Law Enforcement Division Certifications:

  • Handgun Instructor
  • Shotgun Instructor
  • Tactical Shooting Instructor
  • Tactical Shotgun Instructor
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Precision (Scoped) Rifle Instructor

Navigate 360 Certifications:

  • ALICE Certified Instructor
    (Active Shooter) 

Illinois State Police Certifications:

  • Concealed Carry License Instructor
    CCT#:  CCT21K181

ALERRT Certifications:

  • The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
    (CRASE)

Circumstance does not make the man;
it reveals him to himself.
James Allen, Author, As A Man Thinketh



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