Don’t Promote Guns in Public Schools

Target: Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor

Goal: Don’t force the promotion of a pro-gun agenda in public school curricula

Public school teachers in South Carolina could soon be forced to spend at least three weeks every year teaching about the Second Amendment, if a recently introduced bill mandating a curriculum approved by the National Rifle Association passes through the state legislature. This is a highly controversial topic and it is unacceptable for public schools to indoctrinate students to the beliefs and values of one advocacy organization. Thousands of people die from gun violence every year in the U.S., and forcing young students into the gun rights ideology is only going to make that worse. Please join us in calling on South Carolina’s governor to stop this bill.

Three weeks is a long time to dedicate to any topic, and a review from ThinkProgress shows that some schools dedicate less time to topics like slavery, World War II, the Great Depression, and the Cold War. There are a lot of important political and historical issues that students could benefit from learning about in this time, and so spending three weeks teaching a curriculum from the NRA seems like a waste. Introducing students to the debate around gun rights and gun violence could be beneficial, but not if it is simply a one-sided propaganda presentation from the NRA.

Students in public schools should not be mandated to participate in this type of political advocacy disguised as education. It is completely unacceptable for the NRA to have control over curricula taught in public schools. The NRA works with opinions and agendas, not facts, and those should not be forced on students. Please let Governor Haley know that this political agenda has no room in public schools and will only worsen the situation with gun violence in the U.S.


Dear Governor Haley,

I am writing to you about a bill that was recently introduced in South Carolina, which will mandate all public school students to spend at least three weeks learning about gun rights, using a curriculum which has to be approved by the NRA. This is clearly a very long time to dedicate to a rather narrow issue, and it is especially problematic considering that those three weeks will be used to teach the NRA’s position on the topic, rather than offer the students a real discussion about this controversial political issue. I ask that you act immediately to prevent this bill from passing, because it is completely unethical and unacceptable to use public schools as venues for advocacy and indoctrination.

Gun violence is a very serious issue in the U.S. today. Thousands of people die each year from gun use, and this bill is not going to make it better. Including students in a critical analysis of the use of guns and regulation around personal weapons is important, but this is not what this bill promotes. Please prevent the NRA from using public schools in your state as political arenas where they can garner support, and allow students to engage in real debate and learning about this political issue, as opposed to just giving them one-sided arguments on such a complex topic.


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