HCR 27: Relating to support for the National Rifle Association's gun safety program for children.

00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 27 01 Relating to support for the National Rifle Association's gun safety program for 02 children. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS our children regularly face situations in the home, and in other children's 05 homes, that could place them in potential danger if they are ignorant of the hazards; and 06 WHEREAS these hazards are many and serious, including unsupervised swimming 07 pools, power tools, household chemicals, and electrical appliances; and 08 WHEREAS parents and educators across the country realize that children should be 09 taught responsible ways to deal with potentially hazardous household objects and situations; 10 and 11 WHEREAS education programs for our children on these common hazards should be 12 available in schools and, in fact, programs such as bicycle safety, fire safety, and traffic safety 13 are already integrated into the curriculum of many schools; and 14 WHEREAS 70,000,000 law-abiding Americans own and keep firearms in their homes,

01 and unsupervised children may encounter these firearms; and 02 WHEREAS the National Rifle Association (NRA) has developed the innovative and 03 straightforward NRA gun safety program that leaves children with this simple message: "If 04 you see a gun, leave it alone, don't touch it, tell an adult."; and 05 WHEREAS the NRA is recognized widely as the authority in teaching gun safety and 06 marksmanship, having trained millions of Americans through training and marksmanship 07 courses, Police Athletic Leagues, gun clubs, scout troops, 4-H programs, and American Legion 08 posts for more than a century; and 09 WHEREAS the NRA Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program was developed by educators 10 to present a balanced, factual message and neither encourages nor discourages gun ownership; 11 and 12 WHEREAS the NRA Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program has been endorsed by 13 educators and law enforcement officers; and 14 WHEREAS teachers and police departments in 42 states already have implemented 15 the gun safety program in some elementary schools; 16 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature endorses the NRA Eddie Eagle 17 Gun Safety Program and recommends that state and local education officials implement this 18 worthwhile program in the schools as soon as possible. 19 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Jerry Covey, commissioner 20 of education; the Honorable Richard L. Burton, commissioner of public safety; and to the 21 superintendent of each school system in the state.