How to ban marksmanship programs in local high school districts (Adapted from NNOMY’s Guide to Banning School Marksmanship Training)
1. Confirm the existence of marksmanship training in your local school district by searching here. If your school allows shooting, ask where children practice. Some JROTC units use filthy commercial firing ranges for rifle practice off-campus.
2. Research district policies: Look for any policies relating to weapons at school. Search for a zero-tolerance policy. Search for any policies, administrative procedures or protocols that relate to JROTC or marksmanship training.
3. Familiarize yourself with the research pertaining to lead contamination associated with shooting air rifles. Throughout the process, demand a study to determine the extent of lead particulate matter at the firing range.
4. Using what you’ve learned, begin alerting others: Reach out to educator, student and community groups that would be concerned if they found out there were shooting ranges and/or weapons training in local schools. Identify people or groups that are working on issues like youth violence and gun regulation. Organize a meeting with representatives of various groups to discuss what to do about it. Invite them to join a coalition to organize a campaign.
5. Research school board meeting dates and the requirements for giving public comment on non-agenda items. Recruit 3-4 speakers to attend and present the case for a regular agenda item on the issue. Typically, board members do not respond to non-agenda testimony, and it might require presentations over several months before the board will agree to make it an official agenda item.
6. As more people are mobilized to attend board meetings, plan to hold up signs both inside the meeting room and outside the building. Make it clear that your goal is to remove weapons training from schools, not JROTC in general.
7. Draft a petition to circulate. Keep the focus narrow. Plan to present the signed petitions at a public school board meeting.
8. If school board elections are being held, attend forums for candidates and ask for their position on weapons training and shooting ranges in schools.
9. Produce a simple flier that can be distributed by students inside schools and non-students outside. Make it bilingual, if possible.
10. Draft a school board resolution to eliminate any shooting ranges and ban all marksmanship training. Identify potential supporters on the school board and have small delegations meet with them. Ask for their advice on the resolution and whether they would be willing to introduce it.
11. Assuming the school board eventually agrees to put the issue on their agenda, plan to have many speakers to counter the likely turnout of JROTC supporters. Make sure there are students, parents and people representing communities that are especially victimized by gun violence.
12. If the resolution passes, ask for a follow-up inspection to confirm that any spaces that were used for rifle training have been converted for other educational uses.