A recent negligence incident in Newton illustrates that children who aren't taught firearms safety are in danger of shooting themselves or others.

This incident highlights the need for Firearms Safety and Hunters Safety to be part of our local Public School Curriculum. 

The NRA Eddie Eagle Firearm Safety Program, available at: www.eddieeagle.com is a Firearm Accident Prevention Program that seeks to help Parents, Law Enforcement, Community Groups and Educators navigate a topic that is paramount to the safety of our children.

Eddie and his "Wing Team" are on a mission to help you teach Pre-K through 4th Graders what to do if they come across a firearm.

It helped teach our special needs daughter about firearms safety and it worked when she came across a firearm at a neighbors house when she was a small child. Eddie and his Wing Team can teach your child about firearms safety as well.

It teaches 4 Crucially Important Steps for children to know about firearms safety.

Step 1: STOP! This first step is crucial. Stopping first allows your child the time he or she needs to remember the rest of the safety instructions.

Step 2: DON'T TOUCH! A firearm that is not touched or disturbed cannot fire or otherwise endanger your child or other people.

Step 3: LEAVE THE AREA! This removes the temptation to touch the firearm as well as the danger that another person may negligently cause it to fire.

Step 4: TELL AN ADULT! Children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher--if a parent or guardian is not available.

We should teach T.A.C.K. to Middle School and High School Students.

T: Treat Every Firearm As If It Is Loaded

A: Always Know Your Target And Beyond

C: Control The Muzzle - Keep It Pointed In A Safe Direction

K: Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Target Is In Sight.ndamentals.net/assets/FF-Safety-Card-Front.png

Start with the Eddie Eagle Program for Head Start Students, and continue it through Kindergarten and Elementary School.

Then continue to teach proper firearms safety by teaching Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunters Safety Courses as part of the Middle and High School Curriculum.

People are going to handle firearms, so we should make sure they know how to handle them safely. In effect, "you know they're going to shoot anyway, so make sure they're a safe shot."

By teaching proper firearms safety, we can avoid more accidents.

— Kevin Henderson, Halstead