State bills would require students to take NRA-approved gun rights class

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Three members of the South Carolina legislature proposed a bill that would require educators to devote time to teaching the Second Amendment, using an NRA-approved course outline.

The bill requires public schools to “provide instruction in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution for at least three consecutive weeks during one grading period in each academic year.”

Three weeks on such a narrow subject is almost unheard of, especially considering the fact that most course syllabi don’t even spend that much time on huge historical subjects like World War II. One syllabus, for example, only spends two weeks on the Civil War and slavery.

The bill would require the courses to be taught not only in high school but in middle and elementary school as well.

From The Greenville News: 

Rep. Garry Smith, R-Simpsonville, who co-sponsored the bill, along with Rep. Richard Yow, R-Chesterfield, said the second amendment deserves more instructional time than other amendments because it is the lynchpin for the rest of democracy.

A second bill, this one filed in the Senate by Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, would allow schools to offer a gun safety or gun marksmanship course as an elective.

Students would be bused off-campus to a gun range and taught how to use guns as well as instruction on gun rights.

Bright likened the gun safety courses to driver’s education courses now offered by schools.

Both of these bills have a way to go before they become state law.