By Kyle Jillson | January 10 2013 09:12

NRA's child safety program reaches its 26th millionth child in 2012

Eddie Eagle at the NRA Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina on NRAblog

One of the best programs I think we have here at NRA is Eddie Eagle GunSafe. A likable eagle mascot who visits elementary schools across the country, Eddie doesn't teach whether guns are good or bad, but promotes 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.

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

This past year Eddie Eagle reached his 26,000,000th child - wow.

Eddie Eagle GunSafe is run through the community. Schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers and libraries may all be eligible to receive grant funding to defray program costs.

Eddie Eagle's ride-along in Oronko Township on NRAblog

Not only does Eddie Eagle not promote firearm ownership or use and is never shown touching a firearm, but mascots are prohibited from being 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 neither 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 and is not a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition. We're doing this all on our own with the sole mission of teaching safety.

Take a full look at what Eddie Eagle has done for communities all across the United States.

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