A liberal state senator from Shoreline is pushing schools and preschools to teach kids about gun safety using a curriculum developed by the National Rifle Association.
Sen. Maralyn Chase, a Democrat, said she is very fond of the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, which she said has used to teach her own grandson about gun safety. The program includes the mantra, “Stop! Don’t touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.”
“If a child finds a gun, they think, oh, it’s a toy, and they can pick it up,” Chase said Thursday. “We need to include gun safety in all the other safety things we teach our children. If you get on fire, drop and roll. Don’t take candy from a stranger, don’t get in cars from strangers, don’t pick up a gun.”
Chase, who received a D ranking from the NRA for her stance on gun control issues in 2010, is sponsoring two bills that would promote use of the Eddie Eagle program in Washington schools. Senate Bill 5660 would require the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to create a gun safety program using Eddie Eagle teachings, which schools could then adopt during the 2014-15 school year.
Meanwhile, Senate Joint Resolution 8006 asks the Legislature to urge all schools, preschools, daycare programs and licensed child care providers to use the Eddie Eagle program to teach firearms safety.
While Chase’s views don’t always jibe with those of the NRA, she said the organization’s Eddie Eagle program has nothing to do with gun rights, only common-sense gun safety.
It is nice to at least see them try.