By Lars Dalseide | August 5 2014 18:47

NRA's Gun Safety program for kids takes part in national crime prevention program

Eddie Eagle with kids and their School Resource Officer Fairfax, Virginia - National Night Out.

Organized by National Association of Town Watch's Matt Peskin back in 1984, National Night Out is an effort by communities to show the local criminal element that we are organized and ready to push back. From that first night back in 1984, the event has grown into an outing celebrated by almost 40 million people across globe. Everything from candlelight marches to block parties to cookouts and parades are part of the demonstration. As is NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program.

"We reach out to law enforcement organization throughout the country with an offer of materials," said NRA National Manager of Community Outreach Eric Lipp. "Something for the kids to enjoy while their parents are taking in the night."

Materials include:

  • English and Spanish Student Workbooks for PreK-3rd grade
  • Student Reward Stickers
  • Parents' Guide to Gun Safety Brochures
  • Instructor Guides
  • Classroom Safety Posters
  • An animated DVD starring Eddie Eagle
"This year we sent out enough materials for about 100,000 kids. It should be a good year."

Created in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer in consultation with elementary school teachers, law enforcement officers, and child psychologists, the program provides pre-K through 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.” Earlier this year, the program broke the 27 million children taught milestone.

More more information on the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, visit their website at eddieeagle.nra.org

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