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Don’t forget safety this holiday season - The Galveston County Daily News : League City

August 28, 2014

Don’t forget safety this holiday season

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 am

The holiday season should be a time of joy as we shop for Christmas and plan family get-togethers. In all the hustle and bustle, safety concerns are often not at the front of our minds, but they should be.

Donna Boyd, owner of Just Us and Guns, encourages shoppers to always be mindful of their surroundings and practice situational awareness.

“People are often distracted when they’re out shopping and can become an easy target for criminals,” she said.

She offers a few easy tips to staying safe while enjoying your holidays.

“Don’t talk on your phone while walking through parking lots, and never leave your purse in the cart when you’re putting your kids or packages into the car,” she said. “Don’t leave packages out in your car, it can make it a target. Put them in the trunk instead, or cover them with something. You should also never put boxes from new electronics or appliances out by the curb. It advertises to people looking to break in what you’ve got in your home.”

While you’re doing your Christmas shopping this year, consider giving your loved ones the opportunity to learn how to protect themselves with a gift certificate for a Just Us and Guns Concealed Handgun License classes.

Just Us and Guns

Donna isn’t just a concealed handgun license instructor. She helps people protect themselves and their families and to be ready for the unimaginable.

Before getting her concealed handgun license, Donna had no experience with guns. But as a manager for a storage facility in a remote location, she didn’t always feel safe.

“In the winter, it gets dark early. At night, it’s very intimidating to take a money bag to the parking lot,” she said. “Being afraid was not OK to me.”

She realized that work wasn’t the only place where safety may be an issue. Walking at a park or riding her motorcycle held their own risks, sometimes being in an isolated place with no means of protecting herself.

Although Donna had only limited experience with guns, she decided to take a concealed handgun class.

“I was hesitant to take the class and get my license, but I took it with my boss’s encouragement. I walked out feeling confident that, yes, I can protect myself.”

Using a Gun

One of the principles you’ll learn in a Just Us and Guns’ concealed handgun class is that deadly force should be the last option.

“We teach you the laws, and we teach you nonviolent conflict resolution,” Donna said.

However, if a situation should arise when deadly force is necessary, having training may save your life.

“A person has to feel that they honestly could take another person’s life if their life or the life of someone they love is threatened, or they don’t need to have a gun,” Donna said.

Recently, Donna also became a certified NRA pistol instructor.

“I’m now qualified to teach people who know nothing about guns to learn all about them in an 8-hour course,” she said. “Before they come to a CHL class, this class can help them learn the workings of guns and all about guns.”

Having a Plan

When you take Just Us and Guns’ concealed handgun course, you’ll learn the importance of being prepared in any situation. Public awareness, personal awareness and home invasion drills are an integral part of the course.

“If you hear glass break or your door broken in, you want to have a plan, and you want your kids to know what to do. It’s better to have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it.”

Taking the Class

Just Us and Guns offers classes every Saturday with a class minimum of 4. Donna travels around Galveston County and the Houston area giving the class to groups at homes, apartment communities, chamber organizations, ladies’ and men’s groups meetings, and more.

Gun loans are also available for $10 and the cost of ammunition.

Find out more about Just Us and Guns’ classes by visiting their website at justusandguns.com or by calling 832-221-2678.