South Carolina Students May Get NRA-Approved Gun Education
[su_right_ad]South Carolina State Rep. Alan Clemmons hates his state’s zero tolerance policy for guns.
Clemmons introduced the Second Amendment Education Act to alter a mandatory high school course on the Constitution to require a three-week focus on the Second Amendment. Clemmons says he’s heard that schools gloss over the Second Amendment in the course.
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]The bill, as introduced, also requires that three-week courses be taught at elementary and middle schools.
“Zero tolerance, I’ve learned since this incident with the dinosaur, has shut down all discussion of the Second Amendment in our schools,” Clemmons says. “We are raising a generation of students who, when they leave high school, will know nothing about the Second Amendment … and will believe the gun itself is an evil instrument.”
Clemmons describes the hypothetical coursework as an apolitical, scholarly series of lectures on the amendment, with an emphasis on understanding its inclusion in the Constitution alongside an analysis of recent Supreme Court decisions.
But the plan also calls for the NRA having a role in crafting the curriculum – an incendiary prospect for gun control advocates.
The bill instructs the state’s superintendent of education to “adopt a curriculum developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association or its successor organization” within 30 days of becoming law.