by NRA Blog Staff - Friday, July 28, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee is best-known for its active country music scene. Lately, thanks to local law enforcement, they’re taking charge teaching gun safety to the community.
Sergeant Bonita Blue with the Metro Nashville Police Department gained valuable insight to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program while attending the NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville back in 2015. Since then, she and her team have brought the program to a variety of community events sharing Eddie and his Wing Team’s message on gun safety.
“I love when the kids remember the song weeks or months later,” said Sgt. Blue.
The song she’s referring to is Eddie’s rendition to how he helps his friends remember to stay safe if they should ever come across a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell A Grown-up.
Protecting and serving the community is not only a part of the job for Sgt. Blue, it’s a strong passion. “We’re in the business of saving lives,” she said. And being able to “talk with youth at an early age about being safe” is everything.
How are they able to do this? The Eddie Eagle program provides activity books for kids and guides for instructors and parents – free of charge!
Sgt. Blue and her team utilize these resources by bringing them to area schools to help them understand the importance of safety in a fun and engaging way that’s memorable for them. Eddie and his Wing Team do a great job of that with these program materials.
Sgt. Blue hopes this program will be implemented in every elementary school in years to come and will continue to share Eddie’s message wherever she can.
Eddie Eagle and his Wing Team look forward to helping Sgt. Blue and the Metro Nashville Police continue to reach children in their community and thank them for all the work they’ve done. To learn more about Eddie Eagle and his message, click here! For more information about program resources, click here!