By Kyle Jillson | February 11 2012 08:17

Turning the clock back a bit, have a look at this Eddie Eagle video on proper gun safety. Although it was made a while back, the message has not changed and the methods have not either.

Created in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 25 million children with its easily remembered rules for when you see a gun:

  • STOP!
  • Don't Touch
  • Leave the Area.
  • Tell an Adult.

The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but to promote the protection and safety of children. No firearms are ever used in the program, and are merely treated as facts of life like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison.

Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention -- ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members. The NRA does not receive any appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition. The program's sole mission is teaching safety.

Schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers, and libraries may be eligible to receive grant funding to defray program costs. Grant funding is available in many states to these groups to cover the cost of all program curriculum materials.

Visit the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program website for more information and to learn about running a program in your area.

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