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I wanted to let you know that the DVD, Innocents Betrayed, is received very well by my college students. I show this as part of the Global Issues course with Georgia College and State University – usually about two classes each semester. I teach approximately 60 students each semester in a required interdisciplinary class and another 50 students in American Government. I show all of Innocents in the Global Issues course and portions in the American Government class (far shorter in time - 50 minutes).

This fall all classes have seen the film in its entirety. One student who believed people should not own guns is now challenging that notion. She was amazed that genocide and defenseless citizens = murder and oppression. When juxtaposed with Susanna Gratia’s tale in that tragic day in Killeen, Texas- this student saw the light that people have the right to defend themselves. She is not comfortable with wholesale gun ownership, but she is now at least listening.

What has amazed me are the numbers of students who see me at the end of class who are comfortable with the message that self-defense is a right. Further, women seem to get it. Two young ladies (18 years old) in class this week believed they had the right to protect themselves. One young man thanked me for showing a film that didn’t malign gun ownership. The rest of the class commented about the somber tone and how it made them think about our government in comparison with other nations.

This video would be awesome with a lesson plan that breaks down the major sections for discussion and Q&A. Perhaps a lesson plan with notes on additional research/readings and a webpage would be ideal? Even questions for students to ponder or answer based on the film.

Anyway, I wanted to thank you for producing this video and you have a hit in my classes. I’ll continue to show the DVD as long as it holds up.

J. Edgens, Ph.D.
Gun-owning college professor

Wanted to thank you and the guys at JPFO for posting preamble to Bill of Rights. Read to US History Classes today as we finished quickie review of Constitution. Also pointed out that Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantee protection of inherent rights and do not grant rights ( with minor exceptions of franchise qualifications, and setting $20 as amount guaranteeing jury trial for law suit).

Interestingly, I'm supposed to do these things as part of my contract to teach History, [but] I've never been called on it. Wish more History and Goverment (Civics) teachers understood this.



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