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Well, Not Perfect

Jun 8, 2022

Today on Well, Not Perfect, I have a timely and important episode for you. 


In response to many recent events involving gun violence, we at Simply Bee stepped back and asked ourselves, “How can we help?”


To answer this question, I turned to our community and sought out a person who is initiating positive and powerful discussion.


Today I interviewed April Oboikowitch. She is an attorney working as a clerk for an Illinois Appellate Court judge. She also volunteers for Be SMART, a program designed to prevent minors’ access to guns, promote secure gun storage and reduce the risk of suicide. She lives with her husband and three daughters in the north suburbs of Chicago and is a friend and neighbor of mine who I genuinely trust and respect immensely. 


In today’s episode you will learn about Be SMART, a non profit social movement aimed to change the narrative surrounding safe gun storage—because if we are open and talk about safe storage practices with our friends and family, the stigma will fade and our children and communities will be safer.


In today’s episode you will learn:

  1. How to avoid politics and stay focused on goal to reduce incidences of gun violence
  2. Why it's important to ask friends and family how their guns are stored; and
  3. Why gun violence and suicide might be more common than you think


And before we get into the episode, I just want to remind everyone that these conversations can be uncomfortable and triggering. I recommend you take your time to listen and understand your reaction to this conversation and seek out Be SMART if you want to get involved. Also, if you feel overwhelmed after listening to this episode, take a break, do some self-care and be gentle on yourself. 


With that being said, welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect. 


To connect with April, Be SMART, and other resources mentioned in this episode, you can find them at: