NRA Teaches Young People to Avoid Misusing Guns

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

Charlotte, NC ( - The National Rifle Association, a longtime sponsor of gun safety programs, believes that a "gun avoidance message" should be taught to children even before they reach kindergarten age.

"The NRA starts with a program that is called the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program," Mary Sue Faulkner, director of NRA community service programs said.

The program, aimed at children from pre-kindergarten age through grade six, offers a short, simple, and clear set of instructions for youngsters who come across a gun: Stop, don't touch it, leave the area, tell an adult.

Faulkner herself enrolled in an NRA gun safety program when she was eleven years old, attending summer camp in North Carolina. She encourages other young people to do as she did.

"We have youth shooting sports camps across the country. We have a lot of [gun safety courses] that people of all ages can take. We have 40,000 certified instructors," Faulkner said.

Faulkner, stressing the importance of training and education for gun owners, recommended that current and potential gun owners contract NRA chapters in their areas to learn more about the safe and responsible handling of guns.

She said the NRA welcomes law-abiding gun owners. "We strongly believe in prosecution of anybody, adults or juveniles that are misusing a firearm in any way," Faulkner said.

The Eddie Eagle Program, Faulkner said, has been successful in reaching over 13 million kids since 1988.