South Carolina Liberty? I Think Not.
May I pick on South Carolina a bit? Thank you, I will.
South Carolina does not recognize Georgia’s gun license. So Georgia, in true “back atcha”, doesn’t recognize South Carolina’s. Two conservative Southern states and they just can’t see eye-to-eye on gun licenses? Why is that?
South Carolina, in true defiance of the United States Constitution, requires that South Carolinians have an 8 hour training course for the issuance of a gun license. Hmmm. Do they require an 8 hour training course before they give out welfare? Or marriage licenses? Or, how about this one, an 8 hour training course on history, politics, economics and governance before someone can vote? Nope, they don’t do that.
But those things aren’t in the Constitution, are they? The one thing that is, the “right to bear arms”, South Carolina makes one get training. Now that’s funny.
Since Georgia doesn’t have a training requirement for a gun license, South Carolina doesn’t recognize Georgia’s license. What does that training class do for South Carolinians? Not sure since there isn’t a any data backing up the premise that government mandated training in guns does a darn thing. Two big points:
- Since South Carolina instituted mandatory training, I’ve been told that 12 people have been shot during the training course. It’s hard to put a finger on that number, seems the government types don’t exactly want to keep up with that. But we are told that was with certified instructors present! Georgia? No one has ever been shot at a government mandated gun training class! Probably because we don’t have one, but still, the answer is zero.
- If government mandated testing and training is so good, why does South Carolina still have car wrecks? While they don’t sponsor the driver’s education schools, they do mandate attendance at such and they do have government issued drivers’ licenses, meaning that a test of some type was performed. If government testing doesn’t work perfectly for cars, what makes us think it will work for guns?
To give our eastward neighbors some kudos though, there is a bill pending to permit schools to teach firearms training on a voluntary basis and there is a bill pending to promote the teaching of the Second Amendment, as the bill’s author contends that we shouldn’t be afraid of our Constitution. Good for him, but sad we have to pass laws requiring that the Constitution be taught in public schools.
I just keep asking these questions. Someone showed liberty the door years ago and she’s not in the room any longer. We gotta go get her back.
Kelly Burke, master attorney, former district attorney and magistrate judge, is engaged in private practice. He writes about the law, rock’n’roll and politics. These articles are not designed to give legal advice, but are designed to inform the public about how the law affects their daily lives. Contact Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org to comment on this article or suggest articles that you’d like to see.