Posted August 7, 2018 11:00 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

According to the NRA, the Eddie Eagle program started in 1988 and has taught over 30 million youth the basics of firearm accident prevention (Photo: Chris Eger/
More requests were received for the National Rifle Association’s child gun safety materials last month than any other month in the program’s history.
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe program, now in its 30th year, features the aforementioned anthropomorphic raptor and his crew in a series of gun accident prevention lessons geared to a Pre-K through 4th-grade audience.
In July, the NRA said they fielded some 250,000 requests for student workbooks highlighting the program’s “STOP! Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell a Grownup,” mantra when it comes to firearms. The uptick, says the group, comes from law enforcement agencies likely ordering materials to use in community events, such as the National Night Out this summer.
According to the gun rights organization, the program started in 1988 and has taught over 30 million youth in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico the basics of firearm accident prevention. Recently revamped, the group contends it is not about marketing guns to kids, just safety.
“Neither Eddie nor any members of his Wing Team are ever shown touching a firearm, and there is no


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