Target: Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina
Goal: Ensure that the Second Amendment Education Act, which would mandate a pro-gun curriculum in the state’s public schools, does not go into effect
The thought of guns in schools likely conjures up images of tragedy, of senseless killing. But if officials in South Carolina have their way every public school in the state will be required to teach a three-week course on the right to bear arms. The curriculum was developed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which has notoriously opposed any regulation of guns and has interfered with research into the effects of guns on public safety.
State Representative Alan Clemmons, who proposed the bill, has devoted himself to making South Carolina an attractive home for gun and ammunition manufacturers. Critics warn that his bill would force children to be consumers of dangerous propaganda. The Second Amendment Education Act would also make December 15 “Second Amendment Awareness Day” and require schools to hold essay and poster contests in honor of the occasion.
This pro-gun curriculum could be disastrous for the state, which has recently weakened gun laws and has among the highest gun death rates in the nation according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “The way the bill is written, it really has nothing to do with the Second Amendment,” said a spokesperson for the group. “It has to do with gun culture advocates, of what they want the Second Amendment to mean.”
Call on the Governor of South Carolina to openly oppose this bill, and to ensure it never goes into effect.
Dear Governor Haley,
I am deeply concerned about a piece of legislation being weighed in your state’s House of Representatives. Dubbed the Second Amendment Education Act, this bill would force public schools across South Carolina to teach a curriculum designed by the NRA. It would undoubtedly promote the falsehood that guns are essential for protection and do not pose a danger to public health.
So many of your constituents are already killed by guns each year, and this propaganda would only lead to increased violence. The NRA has a terrible reputation for spreading lies about the dangers of guns. It interferes with government research, lobbies for weakened regulations and to make even automatic weapons easier to buy. Such an organization has no business writing curriculum for children!
Even more disturbing, this bill would make December 15–the day after the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting–Second Amendment Awareness Day. I call on you to publicly oppose this outrageous legislation, and to do all in your power to ensure it never becomes law.
[Your Name Here]
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