By Lars Dalseide | October 15 2010 05:55

Eddie Eagle's ride-along in Oronko Township on NRAblog The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, NRA’s groundbreaking gun accident prevention course for children, just reached its 24 millionth child.

Created in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer, in consultation with law enforcement officers, elementary school teachers, and child psychologists, the program provides pre-K through the third grade children with simple, effective rules to follow should they encounter a firearm in an unsupervised setting: “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”

Eric Lipp, Program Manager of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, says the program continues to receive positive feedback from the 26,000 educators, law enforcement agencies, and civic organizations have taught the program since 1988. “I'm tremendously happy to be able to say that Eddie Eagle has now reach over 24 million children with his life saving message.”

Volunteers for the Eddie Eagle program might come from diverse backgrounds, but they share a commitment to protecting children from gun accidents. Those involved include teachers, NRA members, law enforcement officers, and community activists who teach the program, as well as private donors and Friends of NRA participants who raise funds to pay for the program’s educational materials.

Schools, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and others interested in more information about The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, or persons who wish to see if free materials are available in their communities, should call the Eddie Eagle® Department at (800) 231-0752 or visit

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