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If anyone thinks we SHOULD let our first graders be exposed to the NRA's Eddie Eagle program, commentator Fred Fnord links us to the following study by the Violence Prevention Center: Joe Camel with Feathers

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Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:20 pm
Thanks Carrie, So the same people who don't want our children to be taught the science of evolution would like them to be trained in weapons use?! The Joe Camel reference is very apt, I remember when the tobacco industry was penalized for using cartoons to create a new generation of customers, since the old ones were dying off, thanks to the use of their products. Fortunately, I think the NRA is on the way out, they prove themselves everyday for the insane fanatics that they are. The tone of the conversation about gun safety IS changing. The NRA will never be allowed to do this.

Mike S (86)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:32 pm
Thank you for the great article Carrie.

. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:43 pm
As the writer states, Missouri is a mixed bag. After reading this, Missouri has crossed the line in being a mixed bag - it's become a seriously disturbed state.

Carol H (229)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:01 pm
noted, thanks Carrie

Animae C (515)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:22 pm
NRA = 'insane fanatics' *sigh*

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:21 pm
This is hair-raising!

Jason S (50)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:39 pm
Good posting, thanks

John B (185)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:45 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article.
"The primary goal of the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle program is not to safeguard children, but to protect the interests of the NRA and the firearms industry by making guns more acceptable to children and youth. The Eddie Eagle program employs strategies similar to those utilized by America's tobacco industry—from youth "educational" programs that are in fact marketing tools to the use of appealing cartoon characters that aim to put a friendly face on a hazardous product. The hoped-for result is new customers for the industry and new members for the NRA."
The NRA is just a lobby organization for the gun industry and nothing more, so hearing this is not news to me. Read and noted.

jo M. (3)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:42 pm
First grade is too early, best to wait till they are sixth grade or so. One of my sisters was required to take a hunters safety course. I don't think that's such a bad idea.

Dotti L (85)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:59 am
Thank you for the informative article.

David C (131)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:20 am
scary, scary, scary.....if I hadn't seen this on DailyKos I would have thought it was an April's Fools joke on Groundhogs day....

Mitchell D (87)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:07 pm
I very much hope that Linda R. is right in all the particulars of her comment. Jo M., I'm afraid that the NRA is way past caring about anyone's safety; it's all about the industry they represent.

Rosary G (3)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:14 pm

This is frightening. So now we shouldn't have the freedom to NOT get intimately acquainted with guns? Stunning.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:34 pm
I really hope this is protested and not allowed to happen. As one state passes a crazy, paranoid law....soon other states follow down this horrible road. If this happened in my state, at a school where my grandkids go....they would not be participating. If you can sign a waiver because your kids aren't immunized, certainly you can sign a waiver to keep them out of these classes.
Now, do I need to put my glasses on, or does it look like Eddie Eagle is suckling from a gun?....or threatening to blow his brains out?!

Margery Coffey (8)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:08 pm
Our schools should get out of the indoctrination business and try education for a change. History from everyone's point of view not just white bread and myths. Science not religion. Time to stop dumbing down America and teach real skills that will be of use.

Tom Edgar (56)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:15 pm
The best and proven way to ensure complicity and continuous adherence to an ideology is to indoctrinate people fro their earliest years. i.e. as children. It locks into the mentality a belief that is hard to remove. A supreme example is the Islamic rote learning of the Koran, the American equivalent of daily intoning the "Allegiance" in schools, or the equally successful Christian brainwashing to their varying ideologies. Fervent Patriotism, National Flag idolatry, all this starts at the cradle. The N R A's tactic is no different.
Lock future children into a "Gun" mentality.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:17 pm
Thanks for the information. Now let get together so this doesn't happen.

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:43 pm
Wow this is scary - but more than that it is fanatical.I realize the NRA is trying to protect their own interests and the fire arms industry. I would never have let my children in grade 1 go to school on a day where they would be taught about fire arms or watch Eddie Eagle!!!! This is plain wrong and SOMETHING MUST BE DONE to stop all this insanityl
Good post Carrie.

reft h (66)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:02 pm
I prefer Eddie the Eagle Edwards.... he's way less scary
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