Michael Bane makes some great observations and offers suggestiosn on saving the shooting sports.Â I noticed a very good comment that made a very frightening observation:
The next generation is not oriented to shooting or hunting. They spend more time on their computers then outside. In my club of 250 members there are NO children. There is dam little shooting allowed in school programs. SCTP IMO is growing because it is held AWAY from school. If you tried to have indoor ranges for rifle or pistol (as did exist several decades ago) it would fall flat on its face.
My club is composed of 240 guys, 10 women, average age is 50. Not to mention there are almost no minorities. That is another area which is not confronted honestly. You do not see representative percentages of non-whites in the shooting sports. America in not to long, will have to deal with a majority non-white population. All the demographics point in the wrong direction.
What troubles me, is my observations of club demographics is similar.Â This might surprise you, but the solution is to get more women into the shooting sports.Â I think women are far more likely than men to get their kids into shooting, and keep them in shooting.Â I’ve seen a lot of dads bring their kids to the range and do a good job of passing the tradition along.Â I’ve also seen dads that are doing their best to make sure their kid absolutely grows up to hate shooting.Â I’ve never seen a woman at a range with kids in tow not doing a good job with the kids.Â They are far better teachers than men are.
UPDATE: Overall there’s excellent commentary on that post.Â I can only read a little bit at a time because Michael’s color scheme is very harsh on the eyes.Â I can still see the text lines burnt into my retina for a minute or so after taking a break.