Prof. Barnett on terror and the unorganized militia
It's a 2001 article, but still worth reading.
"But Congress has the constitutional power to create training programs in effective self-defense including training in small arms — marksmanship, tactics, and gun safety — for any American citizen who volunteers. Any guess how many millions would take weapons training at government expense or even for a modest fee if generally offered?" Based on my work training Jr. High, High School and College students to shoot, MANY would take the opportunity. The Congress DOES have a marksmanship training program that even sells guns - the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Unfortunately it is pathetic, and given the general negative tone towards gun onership at schools kids don't get marksmanship training there anymore. My high school had a shooting range (disused for many years) built into a basement and I am not that old. Gun clubs can do a real service to the community by getting involved with youth training, because marksmanship isn't in the curriculum any more.
Posted by: RKV at July 1, 2006 07:52 AM
I would think that scholarship opportunities for high school rifle shooters would help boost participation. I seem to remember my high school being obsessed with making all scholarship opportunities available to the student body.
Posted by: Alcibiades at July 1, 2006 02:45 PM