Target: South Carolina House Majority Leader Bruce W. Bannister
Goal: Don’t force schools to spend three weeks on a biased pro-gun course approved by the NRA
The National Rifle Association is trying to force its viewpoints onto young children by requiring South Carolina schools to take three weeks out of their yearly lesson plan to talk about the Second Amendment from a pro-gun perspective. The recently proposed bill says that these lessons have to be approved or created by the NRA, stating that “the State Superintendent of Education shall adopt a curriculum developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association or its successor organization.”
The NRA and pro-gun activists are supposed to be in favor of the government staying out of people’s business, and yet the NRA itself is attempting to force its beliefs into the minds of children by requiring schools to teach only things that have been pre-approved by the organization, including its warped interpretation of the Second Amendment. Three weeks is a significant amount of time to spend on a single amendment for any school when some of them don’t spend that long covering the history of slavery or World War II.
This bill is clearly an attempt to brainwash young kids into agreeing with the NRA’s point of view. It’s absolutely unacceptable that any governing body would consider implementing a required biased curriculum. By signing this petition, you’ll demand that South Carolina legislators reject this bill and protect the state’s children from NRA-approved brainwashing.
Dear Representative Bannister,
A bill has been introduced to the South Carolina congress that would require all of the state’s schools to spend three weeks each year talking about the Second Amendment. The lesson plan for these three weeks has to either be approved or created by the National Rifle Association. Clearly, this is an attempt by a political organization to force its viewpoints onto impressionable young children.
The NRA has a clear opinion on the Second Amendment and how it should be interpreted, and there is every reason to believe that it will not be impartial when approving or creating lesson plans on the subject. Allowing this bill to pass would insert a heavy bias into your state’s school system. Not only will the curriculum basically be brainwashing children, but it would also take up an entire three weeks of the school year. This is rather excessive considering many schools spend less time educating students on much bigger topics, including entire wars and decades of U.S. history.
I urge you to block this bill from passing. Political agendas should not be forced into our schools. Primary school is supposed to consist of learning about the unbiased basics of the most important topics so that our young people can learn to think for themselves and form their own opinions. It’s absolutely unacceptable that the NRA would be allowed to tell South Carolina’s children how they should feel about gun rights and gun control.
[Your Name Here]
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