Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Things Haven't Always Been This Way: Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs?

Via Billy

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Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to keep guns out of the hands of kids.”

There’s a problem with this reasoning. Prior to the 1960s, many public high schools had shooting clubs. In New York City, shooting clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools. Students carried their rifles to school on the subway and turned them over to their homeroom or gym teacher. Rifles were retrieved after school for target practice. In some rural areas across the nation, there was a long tradition of high school students hunting before classes and storing their rifles in the trunks of their cars, parked on school grounds, during the school day.

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  1. I was the President of the Rifle Club from 1972 to 1975 and we brought our rifles to school and left them in the principles office until we left for the indoor rifle range on the short bus. I cannot remember any mass shootings back then. I used to carry my shotgun and my rifle rack in the back window of my 68 C-10 Step-side. Me and a buddy used to hunt rabbit and ducks before school and dove afterward. Brock, times sure have changed. Today I would be arrested and my truck searched and seized.

    1. Thanks and when I came back here in 2002 I asked why the pickups had empty rifle racks and were told the guns would be stolen right away. How things have changed.