I am sure constitutional scholar and state Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Horry, did not mean to slight the other 26 amendments to his sacred document. Such a strict constitutionalist must know that in the eyes of the law all amendments carry the same weight. No one amendment is more important than another, even though most do not have backing and campaign donations by a national lobbying association. Rep. Clemmons’ Second Amendment awareness bill couldn’t possibly be about money and politics, could it?
Surely Rep. Clemmons will want to extend the school year to 78 weeks (really hard to do in a 52-week year) so civics and history classes can give equal discussion to all the amendments to the Constitution as he wants for the Second Amendment (although we could shave three weeks off the program since the 18th Amendment was repealed). I know there are thousands of South Carolinians who cannot wait for “21st Amendment Awareness Day,” which I’m sure can be accompanied by a state tax-free weekend like the one we have for the Second Amendment. The classroom essays could be slightly awkward, but I am sure parents could opt their children out of this lesson.