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In the last few decades, millions of people have spent millions of dollars to deregulate guns. At the same time, millions have spent millions of dollars to regulate guns. And 20, 30, or 40 years from now, millions of people will have spent millions of dollars to deregulate guns, and millions will have spent millions of dollars to regulate guns, and one side may have made gains in some states, and the other side may have made gains in other states.

Perhaps the best solution would be to make gun violence as politically irrelevant as possible by making non-suicidal shootings happen far less frequently so those spending money on deregulating and regulating guns feel they no longer need to spend money on these passions. Our schools, parents, and other institutions serving kids should be instrumental in reducing gun violence throughout society.

I've made a documentary to reduce battering. If we reduce the number of people who are battered, it should reduce the number of people who shoot guns at others, while also reducing domestic violence. Research suggests that many who shoot guns at others, perhaps a majority, were victims of violence at some time. To support this statement and find research that confirms it, click

One Punch Homicide, the film I've made, has received some very nice reviews, including one from Dr. Steven Pinker, and you can read them by scrolling down. If you like them, you may want to watch the 87 minute film free. It's not a feel good flick, but it hasn't any violence. Half the film interviews five inmates who killed someone with one punch, and only one punch, and it looks at 38 cases where people were killed with a single punch.

One Punch Homicide relies on fear to discourage battering. The National Library of Medicine has done a meta analysis on the effectiveness of using fear to change behavior, and you can read it by CLICKING
HERE. Driver's Education classes often use fear by showing cars that have been destroyed in accidents. You can see fear used in TV commercials that tell you you may end up with bad breath, body odor, gray hair, going in your pants, or something else, if you don't buy this product. Also, don't forget, this sale ends in five days.


I hope your film gets wide distribution.
Dr. Steven Pinker, Harvard Professor and author of numerous best sellers, including one about violence - The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Massachusetts
Pinker has also twice tweeted his 175,000 followers and told them to check One Punch Homicide out online.

This is an incredibly important initiative.
Tommy Thompson, former Governor of Wisconsin, 
former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services,
and author of Tommy: My Journey of a Lifetime. Wisconsin.

I encourage you to show it to your kids. 
ShelterMe Nebraska, a domestic violence shelter, on its Facebook page.

"I thought it was valuable....those in jail for one punch homicide tended to say the old Karate maxims. This is mainly seen in the idea of walking away from the fight, how killing someone destroys many lives, and that violence is not the solution....This documentary is important for all ages to watch....As a martial artist, someone who works with children, and someone trained in the medical profession, I believe that if you teach or work with children that might get in a fight you have an obligation to watch this...and...once a child is 14 they should watch it as well, especially if they have been in fights or are training in martial arts."
Rafael Gutierrez, MD and martial arts instructer.  California.


The men who attended...felt that your documentary had great content and a great message.
Eva Zhou, Sigma Psi Zeta sorority, Drexel University, Pennsylvania (Sigma Psi Zeta showed One Punch Homicide to raise money for their local domestic violence shelter.)
Racine Public Library, Racine, Wisconsin, hosted a showing of "One Punch Homicide" and a discussion with the director afterwards. The audience members were amazed at the number of people jailed for murder, because of a single punch. There was a good discussion of how this information should be shared, with schools in particular because many of the inmates were very young. The director, Steve Kokette, focused on letting the young men talk about their situations. I recommend this program."Jessica MacPhail, Director, Racine Public Library
Hollywood has convinced us it is ok to hit a person in the head....People need to watch your film....New and very young recruits at basic training...need this information.
Major Van Harl, USAF Ret. and writer, Oklahoma

One Punch Homicide brings to light a topic that has been completely overlooked in many violent cultures---and it needs to become a larger conversation. Why? Boxing and mixed martial arts aren’t just the fastest growing sports in cultures like the US: They are part of many younger people’s workout routines. Throwing a punch is becoming more acceptable—and that brings with it more potentially lethal outcomes. And we all know how much more violent Hollywood movies have become, which concomitantly is increasing as we became a more impatient, reactive culture. We need this topic—and movies like One Punch—to become part of a growing awareness among Millennials and Gen Z. 
Andrew Reiner, author of Better Boys, Better Men: The New Masculinity That Creates Greater Courage and Emotional Resilliency. Maryland.

...the film successfully makes the point that a simple punch thrown in a dispute...can have disastrous results. Those who counsel youth on choosing non-violent solutions to disputes will find this film useful.
"This meaningful project depicts how these incidents ruin the lives of not only the victim's family, but in many cases those of the perpetrator. These senseless types of incidents result in the destruction of many lives of those individuals and families who were never even close to the scene of the incident.
If you could get this documentary before the eyes of our youth, it could certainly and hopefully make someone think about throwing that punch in the heat of the moment that can change so many lives."
Arthur S. Lawson, Jr. 
Chief of Police Gretna, Louisiana
"The interviews were absolutely riveting. And it's clear how prevalent this problem is...far more than anyone would imagine. I would think One Punch Homicide would have a significant impact on young people when they first start drinking. High school and college age people should see one Punch Homicide, especially if it is followed by a well-facilitated discussion. The discussion would keep kids who most need to take its message to heart from blowing it off after watching it." Jack Mitchell, retired teacher, Texas
"I really do think you hit a raw nerve and families and society should watch it." Ross Thompson, Homicide Victims' Support Network, Queensland, Australia
I found the video vignettes very powerful and compelling both in the sincerity of the perpetrators' remorse and in the tragic impact verbalized by victims loved ones. I think the ideal target audience would be high school freshmen who are on the cusp of self-discovery and developing awareness of how their choices and behaviors have direct and immediate consequences, often positive, but sometimes tragic and irreversible. Another group for potential impact would be those offered a community-based early intervention program following interpersonal trauma, either as a victim or assailant. Dana Underdahl, RN, BSN - Coordinator, Clinical Risk Management - Level One Trauma Center, Oregon

It was VERY informative.
Cecil Washington, martial arts instructor and software tester, Maryland
We owe a debt of gratitude to Steve Kokette...for producing One Punch Homicide.
Dean Weingarten, writer and reporter, Arizona 
On Wisconsin Magazine 

Half of One Punch Homicide is interviews with five inmates in five U.S. states who killed someone with one punch.  It also has interviews with loved ones of seven who died from one punch, and about 30 gravestones of those who died from a single punch in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, with brief comments on each incident.  (It looks briefly at 37 one punch homicide incidents.  I found over 300 such incidents while doing research for the film, and you can see a list of most of them below.)  It also shows the Garden of Angels, a hillside near Fort Worth dedicated to murdered children. 

One Punch Homicide is a documentary that will reduce violence, crime,  murders, and bullying, possibly more than anything in our time.  It's about people who killed and were killed with one punch, and only one punch, and their loved ones.  It will reduce violence against everyone - the elderly, disabled, lgbt, children, women, and men.

In 1998 the American Psychiatric Association stated that by the time Americans reached the age of 18 they had seen, on average, 200,000 acts of violence on screen.  Aren't we cheating today's young by allowing them to watch so much violence without educating them that one punch can kill?

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg of King County, which includes Seattle, Washington, says King County has four to six one punch homicides every year. If King County's one punch homicide rate is average for the U.S., which is impossible to tell because no one in the U.S., including the FBI, keeps statistics on the subject, then the U.S. has between 500 and 1,000 one punch homicides every year. Although this isn't a huge number, it has other implications. Most single punches don't result in a death, but for every death by one punch, how many other people experience serious injuries, including brain damage, because of one punch - 10, 20, 50, 100, or more?

I didn't make One Punch Homicide because I knew someone who had died from one punch. I was inspired to make it because I read of two one punch homicides within days of one another -  One was the actual event, which happened in Madison, Wisconsin, in December of 2008, and the other was the sentencing hearing for an assailant. However, while working on the film, I learned of three friends or acquaintances whose lives were changed by one punch, and only one punch. One lost his peripheral vision in one eye. Another had six surgeries on an eye socket that was destroyed. He said if he didn't have the operations his eye ball might literally fall out. And the third spent a month in the hospital convalescing from his injuries. So in trying to prevent punches from being thrown, there's far more involved than trying to prevent one punch homicides.

I enjoy showing the film publicly and answering audience questions afterwards. The first time I showed it publicly, a man in his 50s came forward and said he'd started many a fight by throwing the first punch, and One Punch Homicide made him feel incredibly grateful he'd never killed anyone, and he vowed to never throw another first punch again.

An NBC news report called Why Domestic Violence Prevention Programs Don't Work claims there aren't any successful programs for getting men to stop being batterers after they've started. The new focus is on trying to change the behavior of males at a young age before they become domestic abusers. One Punch Homicide was made for showing primarily to those in their teens and 20s so they won't throw punches against anyone.


With the five interviews One Punch Homicide has with inmates talking about the bleakness of prison life, it should also discourage teens and others from committing crimes in general.  It should be beneficial for girls to watch too, because it may inspire many to get out of violent relationships more quickly.

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If you wish to use One Punch Homicide as a fund raiser, please contact Steve Kokette.

To hear a 12 and 1/2 minute interview with Steve Kokette, the maker of One Punch Homicide, on Crime and Punishment, a nationally syndicated Canadian radio program produced by CJOB in Winnipeg, click here.

To see the credits for One Punch Homicide, click here.

To see a list of over 200 one punch homicides, click here.  

Other work by Steve Kokette, the maker of  One Punch Homicide, click here.


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