A proposed Second Amendment Education Act in South Carolina would require all public schools in the state to provide a three-week course on gun safety, with curriculum approved by the National Rifle Association.
The bill, which was written by Representatives Alan Clemmons, Richard Yow, and Gary R. Smith, mandates that all public elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in South Carolina “provide instruction in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution for at least three consecutive weeks” each academic year.
CarolinaLive reported that Clemmons filed the bill, in order to provide an alternative for the current “Zero Tolerance” policies in schools that prohibit students from bringing guns on campus.
Clemens said that he felt the current polices were “subjecting the rising generation to the mindset of the instrument, the firearm, is evil regardless of the hand that the firearm is in.”
“The more we debunk and demystify the forbidden,” said Clemmons. “The better it is for the education of children and the better it is for the child who finds an unattended firearm where a catastrophe could occur.”
The bill would require schools to use a curriculum for teaching the Second Amendment that has been “developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association.”
Clemmons told CarolinaLive that he thinks the classroom course on guns should cover “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.”
According to the bill, December 15 would be designated as an annual “Second Amendment Awareness Day” in the state of South Carolina, and public schools would be required to “conduct poster or essay contests with related themes, and to provide certain recognition for statewide contest winners.”
“The second amendment applies to every American citizen,” said Clemmons. “It is a personal right to bear arms for the sake of defending oneself if the need should arise.”
CarolinaLive reported that Clemmons “prefiled the Second Amendment Education Act ahead of the General Assembly returning to session this month.”