Along with learning their ABCs and 123s, Missouri first-graders would be required to take a gun safety course, under a bill being considered in a state Senate committee.
The measure would require teaching the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in every first-grade classroom in the state. Teachers would also have to take eight hours of training on responding to an armed intruder, according to the Associated Press.
"I hate mandates as much as anyone, but some concerns and conditions rise to the level of needing a mandate," said Sen. Dan Brown, a Rolla Republican, who proposed the bill even before last month's mass shooting at a Newtown elementary school, the AP reports.
The NRA's Eddie the Eagle program teaches kids what to do when they find a gun. "Stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult," is the eagle's slogan taught to children through songs, videos, and other instructional materials. The NRA web site equates Eddie the Eagle to Smokey the Bear, who teaches children not to play with matches.