The point here is SAFETY, not violence.<quoted text>
I'll give more thought to the issue but can't believe I would be in favor of it. Since you stated "back in the era" "shooting clubs"... I would ask...in that era was there drive by shootings? Were there gangs and wannbe gangsters? Were there already teens bringing guns to school? Robbing homes? Robbing people on the streets? Car jackings?
I cannot see how teaching the use of weaponry in schools would benefit anyone. Many people oppose the idea of teaching sex education to their kids and I seriously doubt the majority would be in favor of a shooting club or even firearm instruction whether with real weapons or just the information.
I have to agree with one of the other posters such a class would set the schools, the instructors, and everyone connected up for humongous lawsuits. And you can't just teach some of the kids like the white kids or the honor students, because it would be discrimination. I for one do not care to see my tax money spent on youths regardless of their race in an effort to teach them how to arm themselves. I don't care if it is for self protection or whatever. Teens have the highest vehicle accident rate and suicide rate in society. The majority of them are lacking common sense due to their age mostly. Teach a pre-teen or teen male to use a gun and all they will be interested in is showing how macho they are. And that will only create more pseudo tough guys and more trouble.
The more they know about the gun, the safer they will be around it, and the more proactive they may be in reporting violations.
Knowledge is power. Fear is the problem.