It has been my long-standing belief that the National Rifle Association is one of the most detrimental organizations to society in this country. Not because I’m anti-gun, but because I think there’s a huge difference between gun rights advocacy and a group of gun-obsessed radicals who are basically just shills for gun and ammo manufacturers.
They make it nearly impossible for this country to ever sit down and have a common sense discussion about guns. No matter what the problem is, their answer is always the same: “more guns.” That’s always the answer for gun nuts. Even when a country like Australia or France (two nations with a small fraction of our gun violence) experience some sort of terrorist attack (Australia last month, France last week – 14 combined victims), these gun fanatics have tried to claim that more guns may have prevented these tragedies.
Meanwhile the United States, according to the FBI, averages around 24 gun-related homicides – per day.
I’m pretty sure Australia and France would gladly go toe-to-toe with the United States when comparing their “gun violence problem” with ours.
Well, now it seems the NRA may have a hand in directing school curriculum in South Carolina. Republican state Rep. Alan Clemmons has introduced a bill that would require schools in the state to dedicate three straight weeks every school year to the Second Amendment, with curriculum centered on guns that comes directly from the NRA.
The law would also require that every December 15—the day after the anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook school in Newtown—be designated “Second Amendment Awareness Day.” To celebrate the occasion, schools will be required to hold mandatory poster or essay contests at every grade level, with the theme “The Right To Bear Arms; One American Right Protecting All Others.” The South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus will be in charge of choosing first, second, and third place winners in both contests.
Yes, you’ve read that right. Not only does Clemmons want to dedicate nearly an entire month of the school year to NRA propaganda, but he also wants to exploit the horrific Sandy Hook shooting to set up a “Second Amendment awareness day” the day after the anniversary of the shooting.
This bill is just absolutely asinine. Though it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see it passed. After all, this is a state with a governor who thinks it’s okay for people to carry loaded firearms on them when they’re out drinking at a bar.
And while I would hope that there are at least enough sensible Republicans who would vote against this absurd bill, when it comes to guns and conservatives I never put anything past them. Because, yes, I fully believe there are millions of conservatives who think that teaching children about guns is more important than teaching them science, math or history.