Bill Perkins is a Regional Field Representative for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), the leader in youth development shooting sports programs. Using a combination of education and athletics, we work to enhance the growth and personal development of student athletes throughout the nation.
Through a variety of fun, team-based shooting tournaments in both our Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP), we provide student athletes aged elementary through college with a supportive environment where shooting sports serve as catalysts for teaching life lessons and skills that emphasize positive character traits and citizenship values. Throughout all training, practice and competitions, we continue to instill in our participants a commitment to safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership.
Bill Perkins has worked with the NRA Foundation as a Committee Chairman for seven years and as Arizona State Chairman for three years, where he contributed to the fundraising campaign and awarding of grants to many worthy shooting programs in Arizona. He is currently a Range Supervisor with the NRA where he is responsible for assisting shooting ranges throughout the U.S.
Bill was introduced to the shooting sports through the Boy Scouts, where he earned the Rifle & Shotgun merit badge. He earned his first NRA Instructor rating in 1991 and became a Training Counselor in 2005.
Bill spent 10 years working as the Camp Director for the NRA Whittington Center Youth Adventure Camp, which teaches the fundamentals of rifle, pistol, shotgun, and muzzleloader shooting to 112 campers each summer. He currently has an NRA/USA Shooting Level 3 Pistol Coach certification and is a member of the National Coach Development Staff. He is the Head Coach of a Scholastic Pistol Team in Arizona and he continues to participate as a competitive shooter in many shooting sports, as well as hunting.
Marianne Johnson is the NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim & Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program Coordinator
Eddie Eagle is a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children’s safety. Eddie and his Wing Team are on a mission to help you teach Pre-K through 4th graders what to do if they ever come across a gun.
Marianne is also a Victim Advocate and Sharp Shooter. Marianne is a recent graduate from American University with a B.A. in Law & Society and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Through Marianne’s education and experience she has two great passions in life: creating a world free of domestic and sexual violence and educating youth on gun safety and shooting basics.
Barbara Baird the owner and publisher of Women’s Outdoor News (WON) which features news, reviews and stories about women who are shooting, hunting, fishing and actively engaging in outdoor adventure.
With a band of columnists and reviewers, photographers and female correspondents, The WON engages its readers through a blog format.
Bethany Mullen is the Program Coordinator of the NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim Program (RTBAV).
The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid becoming a victim. Seminars are held across the nation and are open to men and women of all ages. Today, hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement officials from across the nation utilize this popular program in their crime prevention and community policing initiatives. Corporations, educational institutions and community centers have also adopted the program. All told, more than 100,000 people have benefited from these seminars.
Frank Mercy has been with AZFirearms.com for several years, and has now moved into a semi-retired position of consulting and PR. Frank is a natural promoter of anything he is passionate about, and to our benefit he has become an ambassador for AZF. Frank is a certified NRA Firearms Instructor, and Certified Glock Armorer. He served honorably in the Air Force, has been a military and commercial pilot, and has close ties to the large law enforcement community in many parts of Arizona.
Theme: I Ain’t Afraid Of No Gun: Kids & Guns / Halloween Episode
Hour #1 Guests:
Marianne Johnson, Eddie Eagle Program Coordinator (Teaching Kids Safety)
Bill Perkins, Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (Preparing today’s youth to become the leaders of tomorrow)
Kids and Guns How To Replace Scary With Safety
Hour #2 Guests:
Frank Mercy, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (Retired) (Training New Shooters)
Barbara Baird, Owner / Publisher Women’s Outdoor News (Traveling with Guns)
Bethany Mullen, RTBAV Program Coordinator (Halloween Safety)
Spells for Protection and Safety – A Witches Brew of Preparation and Knowledge
Responsibly Armed Citizen Report
Dan’s Tip Of The Week