One way that concerned citizens can successfully address the issue of gun violence is to work locally for the removal of marksmanship programs and shooting ranges from high schools.
Such programs introduce gun culture into a school environment where zero-tolerance for weapons of any kind is supposed to be the standard policy. Over 2,000 high schools make an exception to zero-tolerance by allowing marksmanship training. It sends a mixed message to their students and puts them at risk for the potential promotion of school violence, as we saw in the February 2018 school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
2/10/09 Board of Education debate and approval of marksmanship training ban.
NNOMY recommends this proven strategy for organizing a campaign for the removal of marksmanship training on a school district level thus accomplishing an important aspect of school demilitarization.
Here are some of the accomplishments of the Education Not Arms Coalition strategy:
- School Board Voted to End Weapons Training in their school district.
- Shooting ranges from eleven high schools in the San Diego school district were removed.
- The practice of involuntarily placing students in JROTC was ended.
- Marine Corps JROTC enrollment at one San Diego school fell so low that the unit was eventually forced to leave.
This Guide includes:
1. Strategy: why ban marksmanship training and not jrotc?
2. Why focus on local action versus state or federal action?
3. Administrative versus policy approaches to banning marksmanship training
4. ENAC: an example of a successful organizing campaign
5. Suggested steps for a campaign
6. Sample organizing documents
Don't Accept the Militarization of Your School! Activate for Peaceful Learning Choices.
Revised FC 10/10/2023