A workbook for a 7th grade classroom offered to students at a Springfield, Illinois, middle school is creating controversy with its candid, and erroneous, declaration that the Second Amendment only applies to “certain weapons” and requires citizens to register such weapons.
Rich Kinison, whose son attends Grant Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, first posted a picture of the workbook on the Facebook page for Illinois Gun Owners Rights. The workbook gives a brief summary of each amendment of the Constitution and tries to explain its function. However, Kinison’s son recognized that something was wrong with the clarification offered for the Second Amendment that detailed: (emphasis added)
“This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and have not been in prison. The founding fathers included the amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.”
Of course, the Second Amendment holds no such provisions and, in its entirety, only offers the provision that this right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”
The Second Amendment states,
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Apparently, this is the first time this issue had been raised at the school as Kinison was told that the workbook was several years old, predating Common Core, the academic curriculums and standards pushed by the federal government that has drawn criticism for rampant liberal bias.
While this controversy could easily be attributed to a simple, isolated incident, the fact remains that such purposeful misinformation continues to be fed to our nation’s children on a variety of issues.
Even though the administrators of Grant Middle School have noted that the book is several years old and that they will be looking into the issue, administrators and teachers should have noticed this issue long before Mr. Kinison raised the issue.