Opponents of self-defense and civil rights are attacking the Virginia General Assembly for funding gun-safety programs in Virginia elementary schools.
When I was eight years old, I found a revolver behind the couch at someone’s house (the adults were not around). I was there with three other children, all younger than I was. It did not for one moment occur to me that the gun I found was real — I assumed it was a toy. I picked it up, pointed it at nothing in particular, and was astonished at the noise it made. The room filled with smoke, and I was deafened by a ringing in my ears for several minutes. Afterward, when adults had returned, I learned that the bullet from the gun had gone through an easy chair and bounced off of a wall. I do not know where the bullet ended up. No one was killed, although the three other children in the room very easily could have been hit.
The Eddie Eagle gun safety program is not “Joe Camel with feathers”. It does not promote guns. It does not promote the right the bear arms. It is not a tool of the “gun lobby” (whatever that is). The Eddie Eagle program does one thing and one thing only — it teaches children what to do if they find a gun.
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.
Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention — ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members.
The fact that no one died when I found that pistol was sheer luck. That could have been a tragedy. The Eddie Eagle gun safety program has one goal: to prevent that kind of tragedy.
People who oppose this award-winning safety program, putting their political agenda ahead of the safety of children, are contemptible.