Eddie Eagle program makes a big impact

April 13, 2005
Houston (TX) Chronicle

The NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe program, which has reached an estimated 18 million children nationwide and 1.4 million Texas kids since inception in the early 1990s, visits four Houston-area schools this week.

The program, created in consultation with child psychologists, teachers and law enforcement personnel, is designed for kids in pre-K through third grade and teaches four simple reactions to a gun: Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.

According to a release from the NRA, "fatal firearm accidents in the Eddie Eagle age group have been reduced more than two-thirds nationwide since the program's inception."

That same release notes that in Texas, from 1990-2002, the National Center for Health Statistics reports a 79 percent reduction in fatal gun accidents among children.

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