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Carbon commissioners stressing gun safety program for children

Published March 19. 2011 09:00AM

Carbon County officials are urging educators to teach children about gun safety.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to adopt a resolution urging "school districts and local law enforcement agencies to teach the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program to the children in Carbon County in an effort to save lives by showing children that guns are not toys."

The board was made aware of this program last week, when an area resident wrote a letter about the program and about the support it has received through various governments.

At that meeting, Commissioner Charles Getz read the letter, which talks about the program's main message to children: "If you see a gun: Stop! Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult."

He then made a motion to draft the resolution in support of the program.

According to the resolution, "The safety, welfare, and well being of children is a priority in Carbon County. The Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program is a paramount accident prevention program (that) ... very effectively teaches children to avoid guns; it gets children to understand that guns are not toys and it imparts this message in a way that is enjoyable for children and leaves a lasting impression."

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program was started in 1988 and is taught in all 50 states.

According to the NRA website, "This program was developed through the combined efforts of such qualified professionals as clinical psychologists, reading specialists, teachers, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, and law enforcement personnel."

For more information on the program, visit

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