NRA program approved
at 5:08pm by Joe Copeland
Does support for a program that has National Rifle Association connections mean NRA infiltration of Washington schools? Eight Washington Democratic senators apparently thought so, according to Crosscut's John Stang.
One of the Senate's most liberal members, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, introduced a resolution to encourage exposing child care centers, preschool programs and students in grades K-3 to the 25-year-old Eddie Eagle GunSafe program. It teaches young children not to touch or play with firearms unsupervised.
The NRA's help with the program bothered some of her fellow Puget Sound Democratic senators. Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattte, pointed to an NRA logo on the program's brochure: "It looks like as advertisement [for the NRA]. I don't think it's appropriate to allow the NRA entree to the schools."
Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, replied: "This is something that the left decided is dangerous. If you're not in favor of a program to save our children, then vote, 'No.' … and explain that to your grandchildren." Chase said she opposes most stances taken by the NRA, but this program is strictly a child-safety measure, with no advocacy regarding gun issues. The resolution passed 40-8 with support from Republicans and a majority of Democrats.