I can only speak to what I know to be true locally, but I would invite anyone to visit their local youth trap-shooting club and talk to kids that have been so casually generalized as “might have an unhealthy obsession with guns and violence.”
This could not be further from the truth. The fact is that these kids are boys and girls, high honor roll students and students who struggle.
Some may not care about football or basketball, but trap gives them incentive to stay off of academic probation.
Trap, unlike so many other high school sports, can be a lifetime interest. Almost every local conservation club has regular shoots for their members — do you know many adults still out on the football field?
Trap is a family activity, a sport that father/son, mother/daughter, young/old can all participate in. If there is a concern about tax dollars, know that at least in our district, besides the busing and coach, our kids fully fund themselves and anyone who wants to participate is able.
These kids raise funds, write grants and ask for corporate sponsors — all valuable lessons on their own. At no time are firearms near the schools; they are transported by parents or coaches off campus. Participants are required to take firearm safety classes and the support of the local men and women volunteering to teach and support these youth is outstanding.
Trap club is not new to the area and has been a benefit to students for years.