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Eddie Eagle Turns 20!
The National Rifle Association’s gun accident prevention program Eddie Eagle GunSafe is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this month. Developed in 1988 with input from law enforcement, elementary school teachers, and child psychologists, the program has a simple message for children between kindergarten and third grade: “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.” This program reaches a million children each year and has been lauded by governors across the United States as well as by several government agencies.
While known for its Second Amendment lobbying efforts, the NRA is also committed to gun safety. NRA Past President Marion P. Hammer once said “Eddie Eagle has taught, tens of millions of children what to do if they see or find a firearm when they are not under the supervision of an adult. No other organization, and certainly no government can match that accomplishment.”
Congratulations to Eddie Eagle on his birthday! This is clearly an accomplishment that even the most liberal gun haters among us can acknowledge. I have been in and around firearms my entire life. I love seeing different types of guns, I enjoy clay target shooting, and I appreciate the friendships I have made through this sport. What I have noticed about shooters is that the vast majority are seriously dedicated to gun safety. Anyone who handles firearms recognizes their destructive potential, but also how simple it is to prevent firearm accidents. An unloaded gun is no threat to anyone. Guns also have safeties and can only shoot people at whom they are pointed. I think that some gun safety course should be taught in all schools. If we include sex, gang, and drug education, then a simple gun safety course could not hurt. Eliminating gun accidents is a noble goal and one that is realisable. Perhaps local governments could focus on this small step as an alternative to ineffective gun control legislation pursued on the federal level.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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