Derek LeBlanc, is the founder and president of the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation, with the goal to educate children and families on firearm safety and accident prevention.
In the Kids S.A.F.E.program, children are taught the basic safety rules that empower them to make safe and responsible decisions if they ever come across a unsecured firearm. While the foundation primarily does focus on the accident prevention side, they do follow up classes at local ranges to reinforce the important safety principles that they teach with rimfire rifles. This gives kids the knowledge and confidence that they need to hopefully never have a accident. You can find out more information about their programs on their website kidssafefoundation.org . ZERO Firearm Accidents is the only acceptable goal!!
Kids S.A.F.E. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based out of Eugene, Oregon.
Regina W. “Gina” Roberts is a competitive shooter, is one of the CA Delegates to The DC Project, serves as the President Emeritas of the San Diego Log Cabin Republicans as well as the President of the Escondido Republican Women Federated. Gina is one of the faces chosen to grace the 2019 TIME Magazine Cover dedicated to discussing “Guns In America”, and Gina is also the President of the Kiwanis Club of Southern California for SAFE Kids, and Lt. Governor for Kiwanis Division 37.
Ms. Roberts is a retired businesswoman in San Diego, running her own engineering consulting business, She has lived in San Diego County nearly all of her life, attending local schools and graduated from University of California, San Diego with a degree in Chemistry and Economics Minor.
During high school she became active in the Republican Party as the only member of her family that was not a Democrat. She worked in campaigns starting as early as President Nixon’s second campaign and has been working in background positions in many campaigns. Choosing to participate with money and contributions while she raised her family and got her business running.
Her experiences in industry with defense contractors, machine suppliers and overseas support of equipment she designed and manufactured was truly eye opening because of the travels and issues with running a business in the United States and especially California.
She is incredibly optimistic that the United States can be that great nation again, with a government that allows its people to innovate, produce, and become a dominate manufacturing and exporting county again. Ms. Roberts has been involved and lead numerous projects and companies to bring new technology to the marketplace and has participated in several successful startup companies.
Ms. Roberts is skilled in the evaluation of technical issues and potential of new ideas and is actively sought for this task, she brings this intelligence and problem-solving ability to every new opportunity she faces.
In the last few years after her children have moved on, she has become available to be visible and work for positive and exciting change in the San Diego and California Republican Parties, she is a State Delegate and elected Chair of her Central Committee Caucus.
She is an active competitive shooter, tactical shooter, and firearms instructor and is a Board Member of the very successful group, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC which has the goal of not allowing any anti-gun candidate to ever be elected to a local city or county position in San Diego County, because these people are the ones who move up the election chain to higher office.
She has been the two time Honorary Mayor of Valley Center, an honorific title for raising money for her charities as President of the local Kiwanis club. She has worked and supported nearly every function in her hometown for the last thirty years and has decided to expand more into all of San Diego county to bring a more rural perspective to groups that she participates in. She is seen as a peacemaker and is very adept at making diverse groups of people work together for the common good.
Our guest today is Gina Roberts & Derek LeBlanc.
“Gina” Roberts is a competitive shooter, is one of the CA Delegates to The DC Project, serves as the President Emeritas of the San Diego Log Cabin Republicans as well as the President of the Escondido Republican Women Federated. Gina is one of the faces chosen to grace the 2019 TIME Magazine Cover dedicated to discussing “Guns In America”, and Gina is also the President of the Kiwanis Club of Southern California for SAFE Kids.
Derek LeBlanc, is the founder and president of the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based out of Eugene, Oregon. Kid S.A.F.E. as the goal to educate children and families on firearm safety and accident prevention. ZERO Firearm Accidents is the only acceptable goal!!
1) Let’s start with Derek and his work to create Kid S.A.F.E.
– a non-partisan, non-political, non-advocacy group aligned gun safety program that can be taught to kids in schools and other venues.
2) Gina, fortune favors the involved. You dedicate a huge portion of your time to teaching firearms safety to adults, and you recently recognized a way to help Derek in his efforts to empower kids with safety education. Talk to us about how Kiwanis intersects with all of this.
-the creation of a political inert organization under Kiwanis to fight for that advocacy purely under the banner of Gun Safety for kids, no shooting, no gun handling, just what to do around guns.
3) Derek, how does S.A.F.E. Kids help parents understand their responsibilities?
4) Gina, you were recently in our nation’s Capitol with the DC Project and we had a brief moment to chat with you, Dianna Muller and Rhonda Mary before your meetings with Legislators. Can you give us a quick debrief of how those meetings went?