In the 1950s and even up through around the early
1970s, many public schools had rifle clubs as extracurricular activities for students. Believe it or
not, even schools in the big cities - like Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York - hosted rifle
clubs. I have heard stories from guys who used to take their .22 rifles to school while riding on
the subway with them on the way to and from school. Do you recall news reports of the day involving
inner city shootings as a result of it? Me neither. This was a generation of kids whose parents
fought in World War II and Korea, and were taught respect and courtesy for fellow citizens
whose ancestors built the country. The
upheaval of the 1960s along with unbridled
thereafter led to the society we experience today. Rather than strictly punishing the errant behavior of offenders of
America's founding principles, the rest of society has its freedoms and privileges restricted.
Today, you cannot carry a Swiss army knife onto a commercial flight because of the actions of
radical Islamists who's religion mandates killing infidels at every opportunity, but we dare not
offend them with 'profiling.' Now, kids get kicked out of school and put in counseling programs for
merely drawing a picture of anything that remotely resembles a gun. I know who to blame for our
current state of affairs - do you?
Safe Shooting For Your High School Rifle Team
Shooting is a great sport, yet improper handling of guns causes
many accidents each year. More and more high school rifle teams mean a better trained group of safety-conscious
young American shooters. One of the best such clubs is composed of Abraham Lincoln High School students
in Brooklyn, N. Y., under the tutelage of Mrs. H. Shapiro, reputedly the only woman rifle team coach.
Here the boys are taught the art of marksmanship as well as proper care and handling of rifles. Benefits
of such a program are obvious. Schools interested in starting rifle teams should contact National Rifle
Association, Washington 6, D.C.
Posted January 21, 2017