By Paul Gable
One of the most ridiculous prefiled bills for this year’s General Assembly legislative session proposes to establish a Second Amendment Education Day in South Carolina schools.
Sponsored by House representatives Alan Clemmons, Richard Yow and Garry Smith, the bill (H3023), if passed, would establish December 15th of each year as Second Amendment Awareness Day.
It also would require three consecutive weeks of instruction on the Second Amendment each grading year from a curriculum developed or adopted by the National Rifle Association.
It is interesting to note that December 15th is the day after the anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
Isn’t that choice of date a blatant sticking of a thumb in the eye of families who lost children in that crime?
But, disregarding the insensitivity of the bill’s sponsors, why just the Second Amendment? What’s the matter with the other 26 or at least the other nine in the Bill of Rights?
Aren’t at least some of those worthy of three consecutive weeks of instruction?
Don’t the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Nineteenth do more for establishing the individual liberty of citizens of the United States than the Second?
It would be good if legislators attended to more immediate matters of concern such as improving the overall quality of public schools, fixing our crumbling roads and imposing some type of real ethics requirement on our politicians.
But, that’s just my view.