Teen girls learn about guns, too


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MuzzleBlast
May 28, 2004, 10:57 AM
Check this out: a COMPLETELY positive article about shooting.


Teen girls learn about guns, too
By MARCELA ROJAS
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: May 26, 2004)

Competitive and recreational sport shooting among teens — particularly girls — is increasing in popularity these days, program officials said.

Though the state's 4-H shooting sports program was established in 1978, it has seen significant growth in the past five years, said Bill Schwerd, the program's state coordinator. Throughout New York, approximately 10,000 teenagers, ages 12 to 19, participate in a variety of recreational sport shooting programs through their county 4-H's, including rifle, shotgun and muzzle loading. About 40 percent of those participants are female, Schwerd said.

"We've definitely seen a revitalization. I think, as a result of Columbine, parents want their children to learn about firearms and firearm safety," said Schwerd, referring to the 1999 shooting massacre in a Colorado high school.

Schwerd said he attributes the rise in female participation to more woman instructors and because, physically, girls are on an equal playing field to boys when it comes to sport shooting.


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http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/052604/a01gunside2.html

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Gus Dddysgrl
May 28, 2004, 11:09 AM
Cool. I used to hate doing 4-H things. I'm sure if they had had that where I was and I knew about it I would have done it, but they didn't so I didn't do anything with 4-H. Glad people are adding it to the line up of things to teach younger ones.

And in New York even!!!! :D

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