Does your local high school have a JROTC program? Does the program use a shooting range?
This 25-page report documents the danger of lead contamination associated with the military’s JROTC marksmanship program in high schools across the country. The research examines the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and its regulation and enforcement of lead safety standards.
Research compiled by Pat Elder (pelder[at]studentprivacy.org and www.studentprivacy.org).
Pat is also the author of the definitive text on military recruiting in the U.S. See our post on that book here.
1,871 high schools have marksmanship programs affiliated with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and the congressionally-chartered Civilian Marksmanship Program, (CMP). Children as young as 13 are regularly taught to fire air rifles that are classified as lethal weapons. http://www.studentprivacy.org/high-school-firing-ranges-by-state.html
Here’s just a sample of the 25-page report:
Today, a new source of lead poisoning in the U.S. is menacing the 19 million folks who go to indoor shooting ranges annually.
When fired, lead-based bullets and primers shed a cloud of toxins. Poor sanitation and inadequate ventilation let lead dust hang in the air and settle on surfaces, contaminating workers and shooters. The dust also settles on range-visitors’ skin, clothing and hair, and in car interiors. It’s then transported home, where it exposes family members to dangerous levels.
There are around 16,000 to 18,000 indoor firing ranges in the United States. But only 201 were inspected in the past decade, according to a report from the Seattle Times. That explains the more than 2,000 police and firing range workers who were found to have elevated blood lead levels from 2002 to 2012. Almost 3,000 more folks also were affected just by visiting ranges.
Time to get the lead out, Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, IA, November 20, 2014 Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz
Pat is leading a group calling for a congressional study on the JROTC-Lead contamination issue. Please contact him at his email above to learn more or get involved in your state.