Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed the public safety bill which might see NRA sponsor a gun class for first graders.
The course, called the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, is teaching children about gun safety with the help of a cartoon character named Eddie Eagle. Some research studies have shown the ability of children to “memorize Eddie’s simple advice”, however, the memorized instructions did not relate to actions when the children “were put in real-life scenarios and asked to role-play a response”. Some reports label the program as a means of recruiting children as future NRA members.
Also, the measure requires school personnel to be a part of an “Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training” program which makes it possible to apply for financial grants for the Eddie Eagle program, and consists of at least eight hours of training.
Nixon said there will also be a change in concealed carry permits, while announcing the signing of this legislation. When asked whether he supported the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program, he said it was optional.
“Allowing the local school districts to make those choices is appropriate,” he noted.
Missouri is the fifth state joining the NRA program by endorsing it via state laws, following the example of North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.