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Vanessa Lowery Brown
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Democrat, serving Philadelphia County


Is seeking co-sponsors for this bill (idea at this point):


Posted: January 9, 2013 05:18 PM
From: Representative Vanessa Brown
To: All House members
Subject: FIREARM SAFETY EDUCATION CURRICULUM
MEMORANDUM

TO: Members of the House of Representatives

FROM: Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown

DATE: January 9, 2013


SUBJECT: Co-sponsorship of Legislation- Firearm Safety Education Curriculum


In the near future I intend to introduce legislation that will enable local school boards to provide firearm safety education instruction to their elementary school students.

In the wake of the most recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, one of the most violent and reprehensible shootings in our nation’s history, the time is now for us to come together to do what is necessary to avert a similar set of horrific events.

In an effort to provide basic gun safety instruction and to promote the general protection and safety of the children of our Commonwealth, my legislation will direct the State Board of Education to establish a firearm safety education curriculum for elementary schools. A local school board’s adoption of such curricula would be optional; however, if adopted it would be predicated upon guidelines that would incorporate firearm safety, accident prevention and the fundamentals of the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program.

Sadly, although there does not seem to be a clear combination of federal or state laws that would eradicate the perpetuation of violent crimes, it is still important that our General Assembly be proactive in implementing responsible and commonsense legislation in an effort to forestall any subsequent tragedies.

If you are interested in cosponsoring this sensible legislation, please contact Brandon Flood at 717-772-6955 or via email at [email protected].




If you support all kids in the state getting Eddie Eagle training - tell your rep to co-sponsor this bill.

Ironically, I contacted my Rep last week with this very idea. My suggestion was to make it mandatory for k - 3 each year.
 

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Eddie Eagle is a NRA produced gun safety program for early grade students. It soes not promote guns or rights - it's purpose is to teach kids what not to do and to do when they see or find a gun.
 

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Anyone contact their rep and ask them to sponsor this bill?
 

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Eddie Eagle:

W<span style="font-weight: bold">hat is The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program?</span>

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle®, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules:


If you see a gun:
STOP!
Don't Touch.
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.

Begun in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 25 million children - in all 50 states. 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.

Anyone may teach The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, and NRA membership is not required. The program may be readily incorporated into existing school curriculum, taught in a one- to five-day format, and used to reach both levels or simply one or two grades. <span style="font-weight: bold">Materials available through this program are: student workbooks, 7-minute animated video (available on DVD), instructor guides, brochures, and student reward stickers. Program materials are also available in Spanish.</span>

The NRA is committed to helping keep America's young children safe. In efforts to do so, we offer our program at a nominal fee. Schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers, and libraries may be eligible to receive grant funding to defray program costs. Grant funding is available in many states to these groups to cover the cost of all program curriculum materials.

<span style="font-weight: bold">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.</span> 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. <span style="font-weight: bold">The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention - ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun.</span> The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members. The NRA does not receive any appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition.





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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIEBrb_wRYc



The main Eddie Eagle main page with links to the above article - and all resources associated with the Eddie eagle program are at:

http://eddieeagle.nra.org/
 

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If gun safety is the issue for all legislators - this program should be an automatic yeas vote - without exception.


Everyone should be demanding that their rep co-sponsor this proposed bill. Support at this stage will help ensure that it gets attention in regular order.


This is a bill that it SHOULD NOT MATTER IF THE PERSON IS A REP OR A DEM.


As a gun owner, a parent, or grandparent - aunt or uncle - it is about keeping kids safe with basic information so often not provided, thought of, or accepted.


Contact your state Rep today and demand they co-sponsor this bill.
 

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Sample email or letter - phone call info to use:



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I have read that Rep Vanessa Lowery Brown, District 190, is asking for co-sponsors for a bill to mandate Eddie Eagle gun Safety Training. The training does not promote guns, but does provide real steps to kids that happen upon or find a gun.

That information provided will keep them safe and alive.


I strongly suggest that you co-sponsor this bill regardless of your position on guns, and with no regard for political party affiliation.

The proposal just makes to much sense and it will actually save lives.


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