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Trying to help my son with a paper for school. I remember back in Georgia when I was in school, there were "school sanctioned shooting events", from time to time.

Now, it seems like such a shock......and my sons teacher seems to think it never happened. When I do a web search for supporting documents or accounts, entering key words like "school"+"guns"+"shooting", etc., the searches are populated with everything in today's popular gun debate (no surprise).

Even my wife thinks I am nuts, but I explain to her that it was a very different time. Anyone else remember this or have their own "gun friendly school story" to share?

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Believe It Or Not....when I started High School here in New Jersey...saw kids putting rifle cases in their lockers....found out back then there was a shooting club that went to an indoor range via school bus to shoot.....Geeeezzz....how things have deteriorated.
 

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When I was in elementary school, the local NRA guys came into our school and invited us to sign up for an air rifle marksmanship class that ran 8 weeks, gave us information for our parents. I think that was third grade, in 1971 I guess.
 

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...uncased shotguns went to elementary school on a schoolbus...sat in the locker for the coats at the back of the room all day...unlocked...went to a friends' house on his bus...hunted the weekend...repeated Monday and back home...no teacher/driver ever touched the gun...just asked if it were empty...more common sense and good parenting(training) back then...'59-'60...
 

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High school in 1968 had an indoor range in the basement for the JROTC. Better times then, going to your next class reeking of gunpowder.
 

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It was a different time then and kids were more respectful.....because parents demanded respect and society wasn't excusing bad behavior then.

Don't think it would be safe in schools now, just look at all the adult "noobs" with poor muzzle control at the indoor range today. It would be great if we could recondition the public on guns back to the childhood I remember. Not going to happen though.
 

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I've posted this before, but here goes.

Back in the early 1970's I would go to the YMCA and shoot .22's in the basement (something like 25 cents for 10 shots, and my parents would give me a dollar every Saturday). I also went hunting with my Dad, got a .22 for Christmas when I was 7 (which I kept in my room), etc. It was just pretty typical Midwestern behavior.

In 10th grade Speech class we needed to give a 10 minute speech on something we knew a lot about. My speech was on deer hunting. This was a very large but fairly rural High School. We were told we could use props, so I asked if I could bring my 30-30. "No problem, just don't bring ammo." Brought it on the bus in the morning, no questions at all. It sat in my Locker the first half of the day - no issues whatsoever. I brought in (in a case) to class, gave my talk, and then passed it around. Nobody pointed it an anyone. Nobody freaked out. It was interesting but a non-event. After I was done the teacher said I could go put my rifle back in my locker. The Principal saw me walking the halls, asked what I had (I told him), asked what it was for (I told him), asked if was loaded (I replied No), and then he just told me to hurry along so I didn't miss any more class time than necessary. As I entered the bus for the ride home the bus driver asked what I had, if it was loaded, if I had ever killed a deer, and that was it.

Today, kids bringing a picture of a gun to school and talking about hunting are likely to get into trouble. It's amazing how things change in 30 years. Back then we didn't have school shootings or the type of mass shootings we have today. Kids didn't need to practice "Code RED" drills where the teacher locks the door and then they hide quietly in a corner of the room. It's completely crazy what society has become.

Anyway, a true story from a much better time that was not so long ago.
 

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Trying to help my son with a paper for school.

When I do a web search for supporting documents or accounts, entering key words like "school"+"guns"+"shooting", etc., the searches are populated with everything in today's popular gun debate (no surprise).
A search for the following might turn up some examples for you. Rifle / Pistol, depending on what you're looking for:

  • "high school rifle team"
  • "university rifle team"
  • "school shooting club"
 

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last summer was the last shot gun activity for middle and high school grades sponsored by a middle school teacher. He introduced the Kids to gun safety, Sheet, Trap and sporting clays at the public ranges.
We still have a strong archery program in our schools and yes they shoot in gym.
 

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I had friends at a nearby high school. They had a rifle team who would shoot .22 in the basement of the school. We would keep shotguns in cars in the parking lot to go hunting after school. Some kids parked in the ack lot near the shop classes. The teacher would let them get their rifle or shotgun out of their car and refinish the wood for a grade in woods class. That was the '90's.

Now you ban everything and make it illegal or taboo, and what happens? Criminals begin stealing it. Not to say that guns weren't stolen 50 yrs ago, but the drug trafficking has made it far worse. I wouldn't put a firearm in a school locker today even if it was legal. I also wouldn't trust 99% of the demasculated PC babysat kids today. My dad said the same thing about my friends, and he was right about 80% of them.
 

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Trying to help my son with a paper for school. I remember back in Georgia when I was in school, there were "school sanctioned shooting events", from time to time.

Now, it seems like such a shock......and my sons teacher seems to think it never happened. When I do a web search for supporting documents or accounts, entering key words like "school"+"guns"+"shooting", etc., the searches are populated with everything in today's popular gun debate (no surprise).
You need to brush up on your Google-fu. Search for "school shooting team" and you will find that school sanctioned shooting events are alive and well in some places.

Here's an example from the past week:
Shooting team notches historic win - The Cherokee Scout - Cherokee County, N.C.'s local newspaper - Sports
 

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FYI, these guys are competing in the same competitions as the link I listed spoke of. North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission sponsors them. More info here.


N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission > News > News Article

This is a number of articles from NCWRC over the last year or so.

youth hunter education tournaments

Also, if you email the NCWRC they will probably answer any questions you have.


You need to brush up on your Google-fu. Search for "school shooting team" and you will find that school sanctioned shooting events are alive and well in some places.

Here's an example from the past week:
Shooting team notches historic win - The Cherokee Scout - Cherokee County, N.C.'s local newspaper - Sports
 

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Trying to help my son with a paper for school. I remember back in Georgia when I was in school, there were "school sanctioned shooting events", from time to time.

Now, it seems like such a shock......and my sons teacher seems to think it never happened. When I do a web search for supporting documents or accounts, entering key words like "school"+"guns"+"shooting", etc., the searches are populated with everything in today's popular gun debate (no surprise).

Even my wife thinks I am nuts, but I explain to her that it was a very different time. Anyone else remember this or have their own "gun friendly school story" to share?

Thanks
I can vouch for the fact that things of this nature did indeed happen. I've mentioned this more than once, so I'll keep this brief. I was a member of my High School rife team and we shot against different schools and academies. We also sent our team to shoot at the championships at Camp Perry every year. We had a rifle range in the basement of one of our buildings and we would carry our rifles through the halls of the school to get to the range.
 
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