The implementation strategies lack structured evaluations and are not commonly informed by an appreciation of the limitations of children’s developmental stages.

Table 8-1 is a summary of the targeted populations, program design, and evaluations of 11 selected interventions. This selection has been based on the popularity of the program and whether the program has been peer-evaluated using randomized control groups. Most of these programs are centered on educating children themselves about firearms and violence or through programs involving parents or health care providers. Other comprehensive programs, such as those listed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (e.g., Boston Strategy to Prevent Youth Violence) were not listed either because they incorporated suppression and

TABLE 8-1 Firearms Prevention Programs


Developer, Sponsor and/or Publisher

Type of Program

Target Age or Grade

Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program

National Rifle Association

“Just say no”

Pre-K to grade 6

Steps to Prevent Firearm Injury (STOP 2)

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Physician-directed parent education


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