Youth Violence Interventions

Firearm Safety Training

School-based education about the dangers of firearms has been promoted by both the National Rifle Association (Eddie the Eagle for young children and Gun Safety Instruction for grades three through six) and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence (Kids + Guns = A Deadly Equation, Straight Talk About Risks). These two approaches have differences in emphasis; neither has been adequately evaluated. Whether teaching school children about guns will promote responsible behavior or youthful experimentation is a matter of speculation (Ash 1996).