Posted by Edmond (220.127.116.11) on August 12, 2006 at 04:38:10:
In Reply to: Club membership fees too high! posted by Michael Barnhart on August 12, 2006 at 01:08:14:
It would seem you have two issues here. Financial and accessibility. I would like to point out that both issues are mutally exclusive.
There are plenty of able bodied employed shooters that have difficulties with the cost of the sport. There are also disable shooters who can afford to participate in this sport without problems. I personally know shooters on both sides of the fence. If you feel the club(s) you want to join are not fair in their pricing, you will have to take it up with them. Either by inquiring for discount, or asking if they get grants from the government. Being on the executive of a local club, I can see that costs for running the club aren't cheap. Comparing the cost of other recreation, I would say shooting is quite inexpensive.
Accessibility again is an issue you will have to raise. My local range is wheelchair accessible. If there are grants you know about, perhaps you should make the clubs aware of them.
I don't perceive that shooting has become "an elitist" sport and haven't seen anything like that locally. As previously mentioned, there are plenty of local disabled shooters and they are welcome at the club. My perception is there are more shooters on the lower end of the pay scale.
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