This gun accident prevention program developed by a task force of educators, school administrators, specialists, housing safety officials, psychologists, law enforcement and NRA firearm safety experts makes no value judgments about firearms, no firearms are ever used, and it covers an important topic that needs to be addressed with kids. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets and matchbooks, firearms are simply treated as a part of everyday life. Eddie Eagle and his Wing Team never are shown touching a firearm, and there is no promotion of firearm ownership or use. The GOAL of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is to help prevent accidents and keep children safe. We offer this free to any families, churches, youth groups, camps, schools, and anyone who would like more information. The program is interactive and can be as short as 10 mins - half a day, depending on your time. We provide giveaways for the children as well. (Cost is based on student/child count to cover material costs)
Parents play a key role in developing safe practices and are ultimately responsible for the behavior and safety of their children. Isolated lessons and concepts can quickly be forgotten but with repetition, children remember standard safety procedures.
The goal of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is to help you bring up an important safety issue with your child. It's not a complicated or confusing message, and it's easy and fun to teach. If children see a gun, they need to remember:
- STOP! This first step is crucial. Stopping first allows your child the time he or she needs to remember the rest of the safety instructions.
- Don’t Touch A firearm that is not touched or disturbed is unlikely to fire and otherwise endanger your child or other people.
- Run Away This removes the temptation to touch the firearm as well as the danger that another person may negligently cause it to fire.
- Tell a Grown-up Children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher – if a parent or guardian is not available.
We encourage you as a responsible parent and citizen to reinforce these ideas by repeating this message and discussing it with your child. According to federal statistics, there are guns in approximately 40% of all U.S. households. Even if you do not have a firearm in your home, chances are that someone you know does. Your child could come in contact with a gun at a neighbor's house, when playing with friends, or under other circumstances outside of your control. We encourage you as a responsible parent and citizen today to...
- Make sure all firearms cannot be reached by anyone who should not have access to them without your consent.
- Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons, especially children.
- Keep ammunition securely stored where a child or any other unauthorized person cannot reach it.
- Talk to your child about guns, and gun safety. By removing the mystery surrounding guns, your child will be far less curious about guns, and more likely to follow safety rules. Make sure your child understands the difference between a toy gun and a real gun, and the difference between "pretend" and real life.
In a home where guns are kept, the degree of safety a child has rests squarely on the parents and gun owner. Parents who accept the responsibility to learn, practice and teach gun safety rules will ensure their child's safety to a much greater extent than those who do not. Parental responsibility does not end, however, when the child leaves the home. That is why it is critical for your child to know what to do if he or she encounters a firearm. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program has no agenda other than accident prevention -- ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun.
“STOP! DON’T TOUCH. RUN AWAY. TELL A GROWN-UP.”
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program developed by a task force made up of educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts. It began in 1988 with one mission: teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun.
In 2015 the NRA introduced a fresh, new Eddie and added some friends—his Wing Team. Though Eddie has evolved, his mission has not. In the brand new video, Eddie and his friends remind children that if they see a gun, they need to Stop! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up. You talk about stranger danger, Internet safety, fire drills and more with children...so why not include gun safety? The program makes no value judgments about firearms, no firearms are ever used, and it covers an important topic that needs to be addressed with kids. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets and matchbooks, firearms are simply treated as a part of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a stance that makes sense.
A special kid-friendly webpage, called The Eddie Eagle Tree House is also available. This experience allows children to discover Eddie’s video and lesson individually, or it provides an interactive element for groups and families to talk through together. Visit www.eddieeagle.com to learn more. Neither Eddie nor any members of his Wing Team are ever shown touching a firearm, and there is no promotion of firearm ownership or use. The NRA does not make any sort of profit off the program, nor does it intend to. The goal of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is to help prevent accidents and keep children safe.