S.C. lawmaker holding 'gun giveaway' for educators
A South Carolina lawmaker has doubled down on the idea of giving guns to teachers.
S.C. Representative Steven Long announced a 'gun giveaway' on his website and social media platforms on Monday.
The 23-year-old Republican represents Spartanburg County. "I'm giving away 3 handguns!! 1 to a K-12 teacher/staff, 1 to a higher ed faculty/staff, and 1 to a freedom loving patriot!" Rep. Long said via Twitter.
The weapon will also come with a gift certificate to attend a class that will allow the educator to earn a 'Concealed Weapons Permit," Rep. Long said via his website.
The giveaway comes just weeks after a gunman killed 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
"“We must do everything we can to ensure the safety of children in schools, both K-12 and our higher education institutions. Allowing teachers or school staff members to carry is the most efficient and most effective way to do this,” Rep. Long said on his website. “This is entirely voluntary. We aren’t forcing teachers who don’t feel comfortable with a gun to carry. Not every teacher will want to carry or needs to carry, but for those who are willing and able, we need to allow them this protection. I’m open to a discussion regarding the specifics of a program that allows teachers to carry, but it is undeniable that we must take action on this issue.”