NRA Teaching Gun Safety in Elementary School?

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Along with learning their ABC's, students in Virginia will now be getting schooled in gun safety.

Who knew? The NRA has a fun, kid-friendly mascot just like Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog! Eddie Eagle is the kiddie spokesbird deployed by the NRA to teach elementary-school children gun safety.

The new program is the result of a law that allows Virginia's education department to implement a gun-safetycurriculum for public elementary schools. The only rule is that the program must incorporate the gun-safety guidelines from the NRA.

And who better to teach firearm safety than an eagle named Eddie, the NRA's spokesbird? Of course, not all parents are charmed by Eddie's arrival ....

"I personally don't think firearm safety has a place in the schools," Lori Haas, spokeswoman for the Virginia Center for Public Safety, told "That's up to the parents to teach that at home."

Eddie Eagle's message is simple: "If you see a gun, STOP! Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult." The NRA's website claims that their gun-safety lesson isn't treated differently from that of any other child dangers. "With firearms [being] found in about half of all American households, it's a stance that makes sense," it says.

Would you feel comfortable with the NRA teaching your kid gun safety?


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