Remember when some journalists freaked out when Martha Dean advocated firearm safety training in Connecticut schools? Well that same training worked out pretty good for four young kids in Michigan who found a loaded revolver while playing hide and seek. Stop; Don’t Touch; Leave the Area; Tell an Adult.
I’m not suggesting something terrible would have happened if the kids did not participate in the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, but it’s nice to see the program was specifically called out as the reason the kids did not touch the firearm and immediately told an adult.
When Collin Huston, 10, ran into a vacant shed to hide, he nearly tripped over a duffel bag on the floor. He called for his brothers, Brayden Logan, 7, and Xavier Logan, 5, and sister Alexandra Logan, 9. They looked inside and saw the pistol.
“We didn’t touch it,” Xavier said.
“If we would have played with it, one of us could have gotten shot,” Alexandra added. …
The kids, all East Jackson Community Schools students, said they learned about gun safety through a program at school. The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program teaches children what to do if they find a gun. There are four steps: stop; don’t touch; leave the area; tell an adult.
As a reminder, from everything I could read at the time, Dean never suggested mandatory firearms training in Connecticut schools, nor did she suggest giving firearms to kids. Rather, the quotes the media was willing to post suggested safety training was a good idea for all kids, and for older kids, having a shooting team on campus should be encouraged – Xavier High School in Middletown has 45 kids on the rifle team squad – instead of stigmatized.
That didn’t stop some Connecticut journalists from twisting Dean’s comments and brand her as nutty.
From the Eddie Eagle program description…
The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn’t to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they’re treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a stance that makes sense.