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Kids and Guns. The Reason for 4-H Shooting Sports. A 4-H member is injured by a firearm at a 4-H shooting event. Annual 4-H Shooting Sports enrollment of 300,000 Reached over 3 million total youth last year Operating since 1980

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Kids and guns

Kids and Guns

The Reason for

4-H Shooting Sports


A 4 h member is injured by a firearm at a 4 h shooting event
A 4-H member is injured by a firearm at a 4-H shooting event.

  • Annual 4-H Shooting Sports enrollment of 300,000

  • Reached over 3 million total youth last year

  • Operating since 1980

  • Over 5 million member/years of 4-H member contact over 25 years

  • 1980 – 1999 Over 81 billion person hour contacts

  • Only one documented injury

  • American Income Life insures shooting sports at the same rate as regular projects

  • 4-H Shooting Sports injury rate compared to organized sports injuries


Annual youth sports injury data ages 5 14
Annual Youth Sports Injury Data Ages 5-14 event.

  • Data from American Academy of Pediatrics

  • 30 million youth participating in sports

  • 3 million youth get hurt per year

  • 775,000 are treated in a hospital


Annual youth sports injury data ages 5 141
Annual Youth Sports Injury Data Ages 5-14 event.

  • Bicycling 373,000

  • Basketball 193,000

  • Football 186,000

  • Baseball 116,000

  • Soccer 85,000

  • Trampoline 68,000

  • 4-H Shooting Sports* 0 or.04

    * Only 1 injury reported to a state 4-H Office in 25 years

3-4 deaths year


You want to set up a mobile shooting range at your county fair. The fair board is concerned about liability and safety. Make your case.

  • Explain your state 4-H Shooting Sports policy on the use of mobile ranges

  • Know and communicate to the fair board the state and local ordinances regarding use of firearms in public places

  • Explain what you do to make it a safe activity

  • Explain liability and insurance related issues


Won’t we be enabling a Columbine situation to happen in your state with a 4-H shooting sports member

The chances of this happening is extremely remote because of the life skills developed in the project AND

  • Significant adult in a young persons life other than a parent

  • Positive group and peer associations


The purpose of 4 h shooting sports
The Purpose of 4-H Shooting Sports your state with a 4-H shooting sports member

  • The firearm is only a vehicle to get us to positive youth development

  • We want to create champion kids—not necessarily champion shooters

  • The development of life skills is the driving force behind the 4-H Shooting Sports program


Can t you do positive youth development without a firearm
Can’t you do positive youth development without a firearm? your state with a 4-H shooting sports member

  • Yes. But you will miss some kids that are interested in hunting and shooting

  • Make the most of family interest in hunting and shooting

  • 4-H Shooting Sports will enhance the gender ratios of members and volunteer leaders of your state 4-H program


Questions

Questions? your state with a 4-H shooting sports member

Thank you for listening


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