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7 Things to Know About the NRA's 'Eddie Eagle' Program for Kids

By    |   Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:44 AM

The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe program is a gun accident prevention program. It was designed with the help of law enforcement officials, community groups, educators, psychologists, and other specialists.

The program began in 1988 and has been revamped to teach children how to react when they accidentally come across a gun. There are no value judgments about firearms or the use of firearms in the program, the NRA notes.

The character Eddie Eagle and his Wing Team are used so children feel comfortable in learning about gun safety. The instruction guides were created by Dr. Lisa Monroe, an early childhood curriculum specialist at the University of Oklahoma.

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Here are seven things to know about the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program for kids:

1. Four simple steps to remember — Children learn from Eddie and his team that if they see a gun, they should: Stop! Don’t touch. Run Away. Tell a grown-up.

2. No promotion of gun ownership — Eddie and the Wing Team are never shown with a firearm. The focus is on preventing accidents and keeping children safe.

3. Resources — The program uses printed guides and videos for children in pre-K through fourth grade. There is also a child-friendly web page, The Eddie Eagle Tree House. The resources help children discuss gun safety issues with families and groups.

4. Grant funding — Funding for the program is available for schools, libraries, law enforcement agencies, and daycare centers. Groups get free books, reward stickers, and informational brochures.

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5. Helpful — The NRA says fatal firearm accidents declined by more than 80 percent since the program began, according to Forbes. However, accidental shootings involving children with firearms are difficult to determine and accurately track, based on the differences in how authorities classify them, The New York Times reported.

6. Effectiveness — A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that gun safety programs, including the Eddie Eagle program, for children were no more effective for them than for children who did not receive instruction, according to the Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance.

7. Support — Although it is difficult to assess how children all over the country respond to gun safety instruction, the NRA says it receives “letters from parents whose children have encountered guns in unsupervised situations and avoided an accident by doing exactly what Eddie Eagle had taught them.”

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