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6 years 9 weeks ago, 5:38 PM

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Schoolchildren in Virginia who aren't old enough to pack their lunches yet will soon start learning about packing heat.

Move over, Crime Dog McGruff. There's a new mascot on the playground and he's got the backing of the powerful National Rifle Association.

The NRA's Eddie Eagle will soon be offering his brand of gun-safety lessons to the state's schoolchildren.

A new law will require Virginia's education department to come up with a gun-safety curriculum for public elementary schools that incorporates guidelines from the NRA.

The law allows local school divisions to offer gun-safety education to pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade. While each school board can decide whether to offer it, those that do must use the state curriculum -- which will include rules used by the NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.

Some parents are up in arms over the new law.

"I personally don't think firearm safety has a place in the schools," Lori Haas, spokeswoman for the Virginia Center for Public Safety, told FoxNews.com. "That's up to the parents to teach that at home."

Haas, whose daughter is a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, said her group is outraged that state lawmakers are placing "a burden" on the state school board that it didn't ask for.

"For the general assembly and governor to dictate to the board of education in writing curriculum is not their area," she said, calling the law a "freebie to a special interest group."

Legislation passed in March by the General Assembly had included an amendment that allowed the curriculum to include materials from the National Crime Prevention Center. But Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed removing the amendment because there is no such group, and the legislature on Wednesday approved his change.

The legislation meant to refer to the National Crime Prevention Council, home of McGruff the Crime Dog. But McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said that rather than fixing the name, the governor deleted it because the council doesn't have a current stand-alone gun-safety program.

NRA's Eddie Eagle website says that the program's goal "isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children."

The Eddie Eagle mascot advises children: "If you see a gun: STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

Eddie Eagle does not promote firearm ownership or use and firearms are never used in the program, the website says.

"Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they're treated simply as a fact of everyday life," the website says. "With firearms found in about half of all American households, it's a stance that makes sense."

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6 years 9 weeks ago, 5:51 PM

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It's teaching children guns are not toys and to report one to a adult if they see one laying around. How is this wrong? Liberal morons.

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6 years 9 weeks ago, 7:01 PM

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I will check into it and see if I can help. It would be nice to teach children the proper use and saftey of firearms. I will contact my school board office monday and see if I can be of any service.

6 years 9 weeks ago, 7:06 PM

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smart enough to leave it alone

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6 years 9 weeks ago, 7:09 PM

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Hmmmm....

I think children under 14 should learn saftey before even handling a gun. Thats just me though.

6 years 9 weeks ago, 7:17 PM

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Snake I agree BUT

You are not teaching gun handling
Remember thousands of people
don't want they're child near a gun.
All you can hope for is teach a child not to pick it up !!!!!

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6 years 9 weeks ago, 7:21 PM

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Yup I can do that to

I'll see if I can be of any help on the matter if the Schools decide to do it.

6 years 9 weeks ago, 8:45 PM

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I am all for this education where it is normal to have a firearm in the house. Even if your child is in a friends house, the little bugger will know not to touch. For those that don't have a firearm in the house, you will be defenseless!

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