Oh South Carolina, you and your politicians.
First, Mark "Hiking The Appalachian Trail To Argentina So I Can Bone My Mistress" Sanford is trying to make a comeback by running for his old Congressional seat--the one he held before being Governor and Latin Boner. And, well, don't get me started on Nikki Haley.....
But let's add South Carolina state Senator Lee Bright, a Republican, of course, because they breed like rabbits on Viagra down here, who is famous for suggesting that South Carolina explore coining its own in the event of a breakdown of the Federal Reserve System, and who is now attempting to South Carolina from federal firearms regulations, has also filed legislation that would have South Carolina schools offer a class in firearms marksmanship as an elective.
Yeah, he did.
The course, called the South Carolina Gun Safety Program, would teach firearm operations, history of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and “the role of firearms in preserving peace and freedom.” Students would be taught to fire a gun at moving and stationary targets and would successfully complete the course by safely discharging a firearm.
Bright says, “I asked around to some of my colleagues in the legislature if schools could offer a course like this and it wasn’t concisely expressed whether they could. I figured I’d sponsor this bill and give schools that option.”
Teachers armed, students armed. What could possibly go wrong?
Is this what our legislators need to focus on? Not our enormous unemployment rate? Not the rise in the numbers of HIV?AIDS cases? Not rising unemployment and increased poverty? Not funding for education--without weapons--and health care, or a host of other actual issues?
Of course, had Bright--and let's not talk about the oxymoron that is his name and his legislative choices--failed to speak to educators in his own district, who would be have to implement his proposal if it ever came into being--which, like most of his proposals, it won't.
Spartanburg District 5 Superintendent Scott Turner: “I believe there are commercial agencies that are better suited for this. We have more than enough curriculum and not enough time to cover it now. I am not in favor of adding more.”
Don't teach kids how to read or write, teach 'em how to aim and shoot.
That's South Carolina, Wingnut Central.