By Kyle Jillson | April 30 2013 09:16

NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program comes to Houston

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Fairfax, Virginia – Before Eddie Eagle shows up at this weekend's 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, he has to meet with some very important people - children.

Today and tomorrow, in a lead-up to the NRA convention downtown, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program will be presenting its lifesaving message to school children around the greater Houston area with help from the Houston Metro Police Department.

Created in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer, with assistance from child psychologists, elementary schoolteachers and law enforcement officers, Eddie Eagle has taught more than 26 million pre-K through third graders:

If you see a gun: “STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”

Nearly three million Texas schoolchildren have heard Eddie Eagle’s lifesaving message throughout the program’s 25 year history.

“Officer Reece and the METRO Police Department have been instrumental in helping us bring Eddie Eagle to Houston’s elementary schools,” says Community Outreach Department National Manager Eric Lipp. “We’re always happy to work with local law enforcement when it comes to teaching children firearm accident prevention.”

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program has been endorsed by the Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention (within the U.S. Department of Justice) and has been praised by national and community organizations, governors and state legislatures for its effectiveness.

We believe that firearm accident prevention programs like Eddie Eagle have contributed to the all-time low of accidental firearms deaths in the United States. Since the program’s launch, fatal firearms accidents among children in its age group have declined by 80%.

“The NRA is proud to continue spreading the message of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program to communities all across the country,” says Bill Poole, Director of the NRA Education and Training Division. “The program’s success is unmatched and will continue to grow for years to come.”

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