South Carolina State Representative Alan Clemmons, who wants a “stronger emphasis” placed on the Second Amendment, has proposed a three week course high school course studying the Second Amendment using materials “developed or recommended” by the NRA.
And they trashed basket weaving. With basket weaving, you can produce something useful that you can sell; something that might bring joy and light into someone’s life, rather than end it.
According to Clemmons:
The second amendment applies to every American citizen. It is a personal right to bear arms for the sake of defending oneself if the need should arise.
The discussion should be a scholarly discussion about the history of the second amendment, why was it important to our fathers, why was it so important that it was included in the bill of rights, and how the second amendment folds into modern society.
He says that he filed the legislation in response to Zero Tolerance polices, which he claims have “an anti-Second Amendment slant.” Under the proposed legislaiton (H 3023), December 15 would be declared “Second Amendment Awareness Day,” and public schools would be required to waste their time conducting poster and essay contests with state recognition for the essay winners.
Three weeks of valuable class time would be lost as well; the legislation requires that those three weeks be pulled from the high school U.S. Constitution classes to be devoted solely to the study of the Second Amendment. The materials for the class include elements “that has been developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association,” and it’s a requirement for graduation.
We’re cutting art classes, the humanities, music, and gym. We’re not teaching biology, geology, physics, history, civics, or economics correctly, and we insist on teaching stupid, formulaic math rather than number sense. We refuse to adopt metric, we insist on allowing homeschooling parents to teach whatever the bloody hell they want with next to no oversight, private schools are a sad joke, the funding for our public schools isn’t even a sad joke, we have the highest drop out rate in the free world, and we go apoplectic over the notion of schools cutting cursive writing (of all the things to get upset over, we pick that).
And here’s this guy, wanting to replace a mandatory class on the Unites States Constitution with a class on guns.
With materials “developed or recommended” by the NRA.
Impromptu spelling bee — your words are: “Bought:”
Horry County officials on Wednesday confirmed that Ohio’s Ithaca Gun Company will build a $6.7 million, 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Cool Springs Business Park, the same rural area where gun maker PTR Industries is setting up its headquarters.
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He also noted that state lawmakers Alan Clemmons and Mike Ryhal helped secure the deal, as did county administrator Chris Eldridge and council chairman Mark Lazarus.
And “Paid For:”
Last January, he said he attended the firearm industry’s annual trade show in Las Vegas to “meet with CEO’s and corporate decision makers of firearm manufacturer and suppliers,” adding the trip “followed my recruitment of a Connecticut firearms manufacturer which moved its headquarters and manufacturing facilities to South Carolina.”
Regarding the policy, Clemmons said “The discussion should be a scholarly discussion about the history of the second amendment, why was it important to our fathers, why was it so important that it was included in the bill of rights, and how the second amendment folds into modern society,” and “That policy in my mind is subjecting the rising generation to the mindset of the instrument, the firearm, is evil regardless of the hand that the firearm is in.”
He also explained that he supports legislation that allows schools to offer a semester-long course of firearm safety. This is a course that would take kids out of the classroom and onto shooting ranges. It’s also another class that would focus on the history of gun and gun rights.
The only difference is that this one isn’t mandatory. Despite that, Clemmons said, “I am supportive of it.”
Of course he is.