Interesting blog,Skid. Thanks for posting it.
I remember when my high school -- in Maryland! -- had a rifle team and the members would carry their rifles to school on the streetcar or bus. By the time I got to highschool (in 1961), it had been disbanded. Having grown up with rifles and shotguns (which we got to shoot at our Uncle's place in Virginia), I didn't miss the ability to compete at school, but re-instituting a shooting/gun safety program makes sense ... and might go a long way in re-normalizing.