The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in Louisville, Kentucky, this week.
In Eddie’s 20 years of outreach, more than 21 million children in the United States have been taught NRA’s firearm accident prevention program.
Eddie’s celebration extends into the NRA’s 137th Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville from May 15-18 at the Kentucky Expo Center. Attendees will be treated to giveaways like the Eddie Eagle DVD, and have the opportunity to have a photo taken with Eddie.
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program is designed for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. It was created in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer, and was developed in consultation with law enforcement officers, elementary schoolteachers, and child psychologists.
Eddie Eagle gives children a simple, effective action to take if they encounter a firearm in an unsupervised situation: “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.” The program does not teach gun handling, nomenclature, or use, and makes no value judgment whether guns are good or bad.