Guns for Tots: NRA Sponsors Gun Classes for First Graders

Written by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

First-graders may soon be able to enroll in a NRA sponsored gun class as a result of a public safety bill signed into law by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Friday.

The measure requires school personnel to participate in at least eight hours of an “Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training” program conducted by law enforcement officials and allows schools to apply for financial grants for the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program.

The NRA claims that the course, which features colorful cartoon character named Eddie Eagle, teaches children about gun safety. But research has failed to link the program to a reduction in children’s deaths from guns, with some studies showing that while “children could memorize Eddie’s simple advice about avoiding guns,” the instruction “went unheeded when children were put in real-life scenarios and asked to role-play a response.” Another report labeled Eddie Eagle “Joe Camel with feathers” and argued that the goal of the program was to recruit new NRA members.

The gun lobby itself has a long record of marketing guns to children and actively works to discredit groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that want to stop children from encountering guns in the first place. Missouri now joins North Carolina, Texas and Virginia in providing an endorsement of the NRA program through state laws. Ohio was the first state to fund the Eddie Eagle program.

This post was originally published at ThinkProgress.

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Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin3 years ago

Training to increase safety is important. But so is keeping weapons out of reach in the first place.

Jane R.
Jane R4 years ago

I think this is a good thing. Teach kids that guns are not toys. They have more sense at that age than many of you give them credit for.

Mike Shane
Mike Shane4 years ago

OMG - this is such a liberal slant. The truth is: The measure requires school personnel to participate in at least eight hours of an “Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training” program conducted by law enforcement officials and allows schools to apply for financial grants for the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program.
Lets get our facts straight people!!

I think every state should adopt this.

Lynn C.
Past Member 4 years ago


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james rico4 years ago

this is very good about time this way we show them the true danger of a gun and that its not a toy but a tool that must be respected. and never used in a way that could endanger people ecept in the times it could save a life here in NJ a gun banning state just a few weeks ago a man pushed down a door and beat a woman with a child very bad and he was only cought because of a nanny cam. but this happens a lot in gun restricting states like NJ NY and the like.. they would be less likely to shoot someone if they should find a gun or a playmate shows one as sometimes does happen with traggic results. this is training for future prevention thats all

Gina Gutman
Gina Gutman4 years ago

No children so young should be around guns ever. They are not old enough to be able to control their emotions and understand the consequences of their actions.

I'd like to see planned parent hood try going into schools and teach kids of this age about sex and see how far they get.

Crazy country.

Ken H.
Ken H5 years ago

@ Robby K........I think if people are concerned about profiles they should as well be concerned about how others treat each other here sometimes,and Care2 article posters can sometimes be the biggest how this article was titled and the picture they used....i think they need to write/find less articles and post more truthful material rather then trying to turn people against the other....and i think they did this on purpose.

Robby K.
Past Member 5 years ago

Ken H- well put. We don't all have to agree on everything, but we don't have to be disrespectful. I skimmed over an anti-gun thread awhile back (one of many I didn't post in, although I've posted in a few) & I saw at LEAST 20 comments (combined) from multiple people, insulting Wanda. The only thing was, I kept scrolling, & Wanda hadn't even posted in the whole article. I'll admit I've posted things I wish I'd edited better, etc, but... Is that mature?

Ken H.
Ken H5 years ago

@ Marianne C..........ok i dont know Wanda,and i dont care if she keeps a profile and how can one be listed a troll if they add points to a post,now many may not agree with her as she is pro firearm ownership but that isn't a crime.....and i understand U and others would like more detail in profiles,and i dont see nothing wrong with that but you need to have Care2 to make and enforce those "laws",not belittle others for not living up to your level of profile filling.Ganging up on somebody really aint very nice,cause you will have many agree with you,but that dont make it right.And Wanda's pic[dont know either way if its her] need not be real,about half or more dont have real pics of themselves here........not picking a fight,just saying,cause its starting to get out of hand.

Wanda B.
Wanda Bagram5 years ago

Marianne C. Said- "First of all, I doubt her avatar is really a picture of her."
Hmmm... Looking at your Avatar I can see their is not one once of Hypocrisy in this comment… not one.

"Second, she claims to live on an Air Force base in Florida."
Really, I claimed that? All this time I thought I said I worked on one. But hey keep it up, your first comment showed your level of integrity... very low.

"So she may alternately be afraid that if her actual location were known, she might end up being outed, and thereby lose face and all credibility.

But you are essentially correct: having no profile is a sign that the user is a troll. And our Wanda Woman is holding up an entire bridge on her back."

I was not aware that you were the IRS, FBI, CIA or any other agency where I had to give you all my credentials upon immediate request. I suppose the concept of Right to Privacy is lost on you. Wait, you are a Liberal, Right to Privacy only applies to you and those you deem worthy. Everyone else must bow to your will or be called names and be insulted. Keep it up please so you can show the world your true colors, where you want this to be the USSR of America and only your class of people have certain Rights.. Comrade.