Missouri Governor signs NRA gun-safety course for first graders (VIDEO)

07/15/13 8:36 AM | by

On Friday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill into law that encourages schools to teach an National Rifle Association-sponsored gun accident prevention course called the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program to first graders.  

Eddie the Eagle, the NRA version of Smokey the Bear, teaches children four steps when they encounter a firearm: “If you see a gun, STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an adult.”

According to Senate Bill 75, the purpose of the course is to promote safety and emphasize how students should respond if they encounter a gun.  While teaching the program, school personnel and instructors are prohibited from making any value judgments about firearms, the bill adds.

Nixon, a Democrat, tepidly endorsed Senate Bill 75, noting that teaching the program was completely optional and not something the state is requiring every school to do.

“Allowing the local school districts to make those choices is appropriate,” Nixon told The Associated Press.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dan Brown, emphasized that the bill was not about arming young school children, according to the CBS affiliate in Springfield, Missouri.

“If you see a gun, get away, and report to an adult. It does not … neither one of these programs include any firearm training,” Brown said.

According to the NRA, the program is taught to approximately 1 million children each year and has been highly effective.  Since its inception in 1988, the gun lobby argues, fatal firearm accidents among children grades pre-K-3 have been reduced by more than 80 percent.

“It’s teaching a great safety message to children that could possibly save their life,” Eric Lipp, the NRA’s national manager of community outreach, told the AP.

In addition to the Eddie Eagle program, under SB 75, school administrators and teachers will be required to participate in an “active shooter and intruder” drill, a direct response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

SB 75 states, “Initial training must be eight hours in length and continuing training must be four hours in length. All school personnel must annually participate in a simulated active shooter and intruder response drill conducted by law enforcement professionals.”

Lastly, SB 75 transfers the concealed carry issuance process from the Missouri Department of Revenue to local county sheriffs.  The impetus for this measure came amidst allegations that the Dept. of Revenue was handing over gun owners’s personal information to the federal government.

Latest Reviews

  • Winchester Snow Goose

    Winchester Hits Hard with Xpert Snow Goose Ammo

    Modern ammunition manufacturers are recognizing the demand for specialty rounds among dedicated hunters -- enter Winchester’s Snow Goose.

    Read Now
  • Beretta A400

    Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus Ready for the Worst of Waterfowling

    While the jury remains out on measuring recoil in the duck blind, the one certainty is that the new iteration...

    Read Now
  • Asfaleia

    Asfaleia Creates Designer Concealed Carry, Bulletproof Tote

    A new concealed carry bag company is on the rise, introducing a more stylish approach to the concealed carry conundrum.

    Read Now
  • The Sig P365 SAS - First 100 Rounds and Initial Thoughts

    At first look, the Sig Anti Snag (SAS) model has many exciting features, including new sights in the familiar small...

    Read Now