By Kyle Jillson | April 22 2014 14:00

Eddie Eagle is bringing his lifesaving message to elementary school students in Indianapolis this week

Eddie Eagle GunSafe program teaches children who find a firearm to STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

Indianapolis, Indiana - Several elementary schools in the Indianapolis area will be introduced to the lifesaving message of our Eddie Eagle GunSafe program on April 24 ahead of the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.

The firearm accident prevention program, which has won numerous awards and has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention, national and community organizations, governors, and state legislatures, teaches children in the Pre-K through the third grade who see a gun to:

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

“The Boone County Sheriff’s office was truly instrumental in helping us bring Eddie Eagle’s lifesaving message to the local elementary schools,” said Eddie Eagle National Manager Eric Lipp. “We’re always happy to work with local law enforcement when it comes to teaching firearm accident prevention to children.”

Eddie's visits will take him to Granville Wells Elementary School, Perry-Worth Elementary, and Thorntown Elementary School.

More than 453,000 children in Indiana and over 26 million children nationwide have learned Eddie Eagle’s lifesaving message over the program’s 26 year history. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, incidental firearm-related deaths among children in Eddie Eagle GunSafe’s targeted age group have declined more than 80% since the program’s launch in 1988.

The program was created by former NRA President Marion P. Hammer with assistance from elementary school teachers, law enforcement officers, and child psychologists. Funding is made possible through grants awarded by The NRA Foundation.

Eddie will also be at the 143rd Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis all this weekend to say hi and share his message. If you see Eddie walking around then don't forget to wave.

The NRA encourages citizens nationwide to participate in heightening firearm safety awareness within their communities. Schools, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and others interested in Eddie Eagle GunSafe can learn more at http://eddieeagle.nra.org/ or (800) 231-0752.


Find out more about the speakers, seminars and events at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting at nraam.org

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