May 13, 2008

NRA Gun Accident Prevention Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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.

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The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program is almost single-handedly responsible for the drastic reduction in accidental firearm related deaths among young children.

I get asked all the time from my own Web site, when is the best time to teach kids about gun safety and what do you tell them? Eddie Eagle's three step message is what kids should be taught before they're ready for real gun safety training and education.

Kids should be taught the three rules of safe gun handling as soon as they show an interest and have demonstrated some individual responsibility, such as reliably taking out the garbage or caring for a pet's needs.

I have taught a gun safety message to tens of thousands of children all by myself. Just check out Google and search for "gun safety rules for kids". My Web site constantly pops up as number one in the world.

I'm not saying that to brag, but rather to demonstrate that I know what I'm talking about. Burying a child or grandchild because of an avoidable accidental firearm discharge, is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. I have spoken with people who had to bury their children, because the kids weren't aware of the rules.

Support the National Rifle Association whenever you can. Not only are we trying to preserve the Second Amendment, but we are also preserving the lives of kids as well.


Posted by: | May 15, 2008 1:56 PM    Report this comment

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