Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teach Your Children Well

Ironically-named South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright is challenging Lindsey Graham in the GOP primary.  He has a novel idea on how to protect schools.

Appearing on Fox News Radio’s The Alan Colmes Show, Bright expanded on his proposed bill to create high school courses on how to use a fire arm by agreeing with Colmes that the government cannot legally restrict gun ownership on school grounds:

COLMES: So [teachers] shouldn’t have machine guns?

BRIGHT: I would think a teacher protecting a school grounds should be able to carry whatever she can carry legally.

COLMES: So should machine guns be legal to carry?

BRIGHT: The Second Amendment is pretty clear. It says the right to carry arms should not be infringed.

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COLMES: So you should be able to have any gun you want?

BRIGHT: Well, I don’t see how the government can regulate it.

By that logic, the sale and distribution of child pornography should be perfectly legal because the First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law […] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press….”  Sounds pretty clear to me, and there are no exceptions listed.  So therefore laws against kiddie-porn are unconstitutional, right?

Actually, the Second Amendment includes the term “a well-regulated militia,” so yes, the government can — and does — regulate the right to carry arms, including machine guns.  Even Antonin Scalia thinks that regulating the sale of guns or use in schools is well within the Constitution.

In any case, it sounds like this genius needs a refresher course in high school civics and history before he starts telling schools what to teach about guns and how to use them.

6 barks and woofs on “Teach Your Children Well

  1. Biggest beef I have with the NRA crowd is the dual convictions that they can carry anything they want (RPG, anyone?) and that military service is make-work for those Other people. Somehow self-defense is a personal universal obligation but national defense is outsourcable.

  2. As blatantly stupid as his comment on guns is, his subtle use of pronoun “she” in describing teachers is revealing on what his stance on women’s roles in society would be.

  3. At a minimum all senators and representatives should have to pass the same test people becoming U.S. citizens do before they can be sworn in.

    It is amazing how little it seems some know about the constitution or the government.

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