by NRA Blog Staff - Friday, August 4, 2017
The NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program proudly supported the efforts of law enforcement agencies nationwide as part of the annual National Night Out campaign on Aug. 1, donating Eddie Eagle program materials to more than 200 agencies to help promote youth firearm safety to more than 106,000 young Americans.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, the events provide a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
In addition to supporting hundreds of agencies around the country, NRA Community Outreach staff attended several NNO events nationwide, from field staff working in Redondo Beach, California, to NRA Headquarters staff that joined personnel from the Fauquier County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office. Families enjoyed meeting Eddie Eagle himself, and received important safety information to take home with them.
“We can all agree that nothing is more important than the safety of our children. For nearly three decades, the NRA has worked diligently with community leaders, including American law enforcement professionals, to bring this critically important safety message directly to our youth,” said Eric Lipp, National Manager of NRA’s Community Outreach Department. “We are proud to support the National Night Out campaign, and will continue to support law enforcement protecting and serving in communities across the country working tirelessly to help keep our children safe.”
Since its launch in 1988, the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has helped teachers, law enforcement officers and parents teach Eddie Eagle’s life-saving message to more than 29 million children. The powerful lessons of the Eddie Eagle program – Stop! Don’t Touch! Run Away! Tell A Grown Up! – are the keys to helping children from Pre-K through 4th grade know what to do to stay safe should they encounter a firearm.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), child-related firearm accident fatalities have fallen by 75 percent over the past 25 years, a testament to the impact of proper gun safety education programs like the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.
Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program materials are available free of charge to law enforcement agencies, schools, hospitals, daycare centers and other community organizations that wish to teach the program to youth. To view the safety video and download kid-friendly workbooks, visit www.eddieeagle.com.