What the NRA Does for You: Programs Instruct and Protect Youth

The recent upsurge in the gun control debate revolves around the protection and safety of our nation’s children. When introducing his 23 executive actions, President Obama shared the stage with some of the children who had written the president with pleas of stricter gun laws. However, the NRA has had multiple programs in place to educate and instruct children of all ages on firearm safety as well as programs to increase school security.

One of the NRA’s most well-known programs is the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. Started in 1988, NRA has taught the program too over 26 million children in all 50 states as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. Child psychologists, teachers, law enforcement personnel, reading and curriculum specialists, and many other experts developed and regularly update the program.  The curriculum teaches a very simple plan of action for any child who finds a firearm: “STOP! Don’t Touch! Leave the Area! Tell an Adult.” The NRA does not make the program about safe gun ownership, the joys of shooting, or even use the program as advertisement; rather, they designed the program to instruct children to stay away from guns. The NRA supplies the materials at a relatively low-cost and also offers grants to help defer the costs of the program materials. The National Sheriffs’ Association, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Association of American Educators endorses and approves the Eddie Eagle program and rates is the best gun accident prevention program in a 2001 study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing Online.

Recently, NRA CEO and EVP Wayne LaPierre introduced the School Shield Program. The NRA designed the program to screen and train volunteers to serve as school safety officers. The program will also allow for schools to decide on what security measures they feel they need or are in need of improvement.  Many detractors of this program say it would make the school less safe or make the school feel like a prison. Growing up in a post-Columbine era, I had an armed

Resource officer in the school from third grade onward; it didn’t make me feel any more vulnerable or scared. In fact, having a guard around the school made me feel safer knowing there was someone in the school who could protect us from a second Columbine scenario or an over-zealous ruffian. Former U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson leads the program. He also served as a United States Congressman, the Administrator of the DEA, as well as the Under Secretary of the Border and Transportation Security division of the Department of Homeland Security. Hutchinson stated that his primary focus is to protect the nation’s schools without costing the government great expense. The NRA also has multiple youth programs that teach gun safety and responsible gun ownership. There is the National Youth Shooting Sport Cooperative Program that offers materials, information, fundraising, insurance, and grant money to the Boy Scouts, 4-H, JROTC, the FFA and many other similar groups. They also sponsor the Marksmanship Qualification Program, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, and many events geared toward families and youth groups. They give awards for the annual Wildlife Art Contest, Youth Essay Contest, and Outstanding Youth Achievement.

Additionally, the NRA offers a junior-level membership into the NRA.

So, while politicians debate on what to ban—and what not to ban—the NRA is working in your community to educate and protect our children. When debating on whether or not you think the NRA deserves your money and support, think about all they are doing in your community and for the youth in your life.

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Comments (11)

  1. I am not an NRA or a CCRKBA member, nor am I a member of anything organized related to guns, I’m on their mailing lists. Some of my state-required training for gun ownership and CCW over the years in several states has included NRA materials, which I found were among the most professional I received and studied.

    I haven’t been involved in kitchen juicer/blender or natural-food-related organizations either, although I know they exist (I’m on their lists, too). I’ve been an owner of guns and health-food kitchen appliances for over 40 years, crazy me. I have the highest respect for people who join such organizations at the expense of their valuable time and money. I just don’t happen to be one of them (I may have contributed a few bucks and signed a few petitions from time to time, but hey).

    My responsibility as a patriot does not oblige me to own a juicer. My responsibility as a civilian does not oblige me to own a gun (though as a patriot citizen I personally believe it does). Yet I own both, and when they come for my organic non-GMO-stained blender they’ll be facing a gun. The reverse does not hold. You cannot defend gun rights, any rights, with a juicer or blender.

    The thing about rights, as American patriots discovered and proved at Lexington and Concord, is that rights can only, ultimately be defended with force of arms. (The Second Amendment didn’t specify “guns,” it said “arms.” At the time that meant knives, hatchets, bows, lances, swords, muskets, shotguns, rifles, and assorted cannon capable of firing exploding balls, grapeshot, cannister, chain, and whatever else you could throw at the enemy–many of these items, alone or in combination, are now illegal to own in the US.)

    The thing about gun rights which has been problematic, an obstacle for those who would deprive us of them, is that they’re self-defending (with a little human help). Give these rights up, and you’ve given up your right to own a blender, a garden, land, books, a dog or an exotic gold fish. None of these possession-rights are of much use in your personal defense OF them against anyone who would TAKE them).

    Except: guns. Guns, alone, are useful in your defense of all your rights, including your right to own guns…the logic becomes “round robin.” Small wonder the subject comes up incessantly in the corporate-controlled, government-lobby-sponsored media.

    Your owning a gun makes it harder to take the right to own a gun away from you, it makes it more dangerous to even try (unlike with goldfish). So, first, they must outlaw “dangerous.” Then outlaw the “supposed” right. Then outlaw the gun itself. Then, should they (THEY being a murderous dictator for instance, not that history has seen many, other than Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, a few Middle Eastern potentates, Attila, Ghengis Khan, Japanese shoguns, one or two others come to mind but let’s not get wild, here), should THEY decide to outlaw YOU, well, not much stands in their way, does it? “Law abiding” idiots go to the wall they obligingly built for the execution of “bad guys” who just didn’t “get it.” Then it’s their turn.

    And then they can have your juicer. (Yes indeed, they’ve arrested people for selling juicers, and gun-free England, incidentally, is now trying outlaw pointed kitchen knives, apparently such items being employed in crimes of violence against innocent, unarmed people who aren’t legally permitted to carry…kitchen knives. Next it will be power-grinders and whetstones, re-sharpening with intent, etc.)

    Does it ever occur to the ignorant populace (I assure you it HAS to government, and THEY don’t agree with the notion) that there are “crises that should be allowed to go to waste, for the good of the people?”

    That we can take better care of ourselves than they imagine? Or than THEY can do with more ordinances, proclamations, regulations, and laws? Of course not, it’s far from their best interest to allow such a thing as free, self-reliant, self-protecting citizens who refuse to be prey, or eat their salad foods and oven roasts whole.

    Such individuals–citizens–are “dangerous,” didn’t you know? Always have been, to Authority. Imagine how long it would take one of these TV personalities, working your job or on your income, to pay for one of their suits while their kids went hungry (your car is worth less than what they wear to work, and they’re probably protected by more guns than you could ever afford to own).

    Of course they want your guns. They’re scared of not owning ALL the guns.

  2. I just love reading posts by liberals pretending to be gun owners.
    “Racist scum like Rush Limbagh”….?????
    Really? That’s all you have? “Vietnam era vet”? Really ?
    I have never once heard a racist comment at any NRA sponsored event.
    Not one. EVER! I shoot regularly at the NRA Whittington
    Center near Raton New Mexico. As an “Hispanic” (a label forced on me by liberals)
    I have never had a problem with any person there. I’m treated with the
    Same respect as everyone else. To you liberal posers on this site,
    Take your hate speach someplace else.

  3. Fredric your comments are outlandish. You are telling me that 5 million members of the NRA are racist? That makes you a very judgemental person. I am an NRA gun saftey instructor as well as an NRA concealed weapons course instructor. I have never been more impressed with one organization as much as I am with the NRA. They are a very carring and conciderate group of people. They put children and youth a priority in teaching responible gun handling. I would agree that their agenda is to protect our freedoms of responsible gun ownership. Banning any gun from responsible gun owners is just plain stupid. AR and AK style guns are for hunting and I personally have taken many deer and coyotes with these very guns. I would agree that no one needs for then 5 rounds to hunt with. I’m pretty sure I am going to want 20 rounds when some one breaks in to my house and wants harm my family. I’m also pretty sure I am going to want 30 rounds in each clip to defend my country from a tyranical enemy both forign and DOMESTIC! I’m pretty sure I would also want a full auto in that case. But those are illegal already.
    Capt. Morris
    US Delta Force Ret.

  4. I understand everyone’s concerns. Here’s the real deal there’s millions of so called assault rifles out there, that will be fireable for the next 200+ years not to mention the billions of 30+ round clips that are out there.. So unless you plan on a a civll war. Taking anything away is pointless. Take guns away then people will make car bombs or use other means. People open your eyes would rather have millions of good responsible citizens with knowledge of shooting per 100 mentally insane scum bags. Or gun free or restricted guns citizens vs the millions of guns on the black market that can easily make there way into hands of scum bags with small amounts of money. Here’s the bottom line. How do they or those kinda people( gov. Anti gun) know what I need to protect me and my family. Un less you can put your life and any one you love life on the line you have no case as far as I am concerned.

  5. The gun shouldn’t scare anyone. The person who might pick it up…….now that’s what might constitute fear, or un-certanty. And I’m sixty, so I’ve been around, seen a lot like you guys, butthese guns are legal, they’ve been around a long time, and don’t deserve the rap they’re getting. Remember, they’re talking about changing the Constitution here, and since I’ve never killed anyone, I feel infringed upon. Don’t penalize us, and breach the Constitution doing so for something a criminal does.

  6. At least decide on what constitutes and defines the socially born term; “assault weapon.” I don’t believe the military would want to be caught in an ambush with our “assault weapons” because they would surely be out-gunned by the real “assault weapons” they now carry. If your AR-15 is chambered for .223 it won’t safely fire what the military uses(.556X45mm). If your gun is an AR-15, it only fires in semi-auto, like a Remington 742, a Ruger 10/22, or a Marlin/Glenfield model 60. That’s convenient, but un-acceptable up against assault weapons. That’s what the M-16 is. That’s what it’s for.
    Is it the collapsable stock, the flash hider, the accessory rails that make what we civilians own an “assault weapon?” Is it the flat black Parkerized finish? What is it that makes these weapons that fire once for each squeeze of the trigger so dangerous over anything we’ve had for 40 years, and equal to what the military uses every day? Having one of these to fight in war with would be like fighting with a single shot, compared to what is normally used in combat. Something that would likely get you killed. The Remington 742 has been around since 1960. Why aren’t we scared of it as we are the AR/AK platforms?

  7. I do as a NRA member and a Viet Nam era Marine, agree that assault rifles belong in the hands of military and police. The AR platforms have gone too far. I was also an employee of a company that caters to the great outdoors and they were hesitant to sell AR platforms due to the fact that in the hands of the right people it would be alright but would probably attract shady characters ( extremists ) that would indeed carry the right too far the wrong way even though they could easily pass the background check.

    I believe that magazine limitations should be not 10 rounds as proposed but kept to manufacturers specs. I personally own 4 Glocks and 15 rounds are a gracious plenty. In a confrontation, the average is that you only get off three shots.

    Spend more time at the range and make those three count if necessary.

    Joe Watkins
    NRA member

  8. I grew up in the 60’s and at that time there was no need for security in the schools. Unfortunately my father and your grandfather allowed the law to pass banning prayer in the schools. What we have here is a Godless society as a result.

    The only mass shooting I can remember is the tower shooting at the University of Texas. I was in Florida then but now I can proudly say that Texas is my home state where we STRONGLY believe in our gun rights.

    I myself was a instructor in the USMC and still a expert shot. If we allow civilians in schools with weapons, training would be of the essence. I would be glad to volunteer as a member of that program and teach where called upon.

    Joe Watkins

  9. Wylebilly, We all remember the early years of the NRA, I too took their course for youth but the NRA has changed and so has the country. In Arizona it took numerous deaths before the Republican base voted to outlaw shooting into the air on holidays. Regarding the present administration and our President Obama, it is not he or his “people” calling for change, it is the vast majority of our country that is fed-up
    with the horrible carnage and slaughter brought about by “free” access to guns, assault weapons and large capacity clips, et al. If a “shooter” can’t do the job (hunting) with 3 rounds, he/she should not have a gun. Regarding “assault weapons”, they are designed to kill people and belong in a war zone. Not only am I a life member of the NRA since 1970s, I am also a disabled Vet (7.5 years) and an x police officer. Please begin to “rethink” your logic…

  10. Over the years the NRA has become controlled by narrow minded, racist, bigots that are more concerned with their own personal gratification then our nations pretection from sick, mentally deficient people. I have been a life member since the 1970’s and at every meeting I’ve attended, racist utterances can be heard from the vast majority of its participants. This is often magified by bringing in speaker SCUM like Rush Limbaugh.

  11. I took a NRA safety course when I was 14, in 1962. I still remember the how much importantce was placed on the safe use of firearms and the responsibility of gun ownership. The NRA is getting a bad rap from the Obama people. We need to keep the NRA and dump Obama!

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