According to a workbook handed out to seventh grade students at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., the Second Amendment only allows people to own "certain" guns if they have been registered, Infowars reported Friday. The parent who discovered the material confirmed to Examiner.com the handout's existence and said the school is being "bombarded with messages" about the material.
"This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison,” the handout says.
The Second Amendment, however, says nothing about registration nor prison, and simply 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.
The parent, who wished to remain anonymous for the sake of his son, posted a picture of the handout on the "Illinois Gun Owners Rights" Facebook page.
Initially, some thought the handout was related to Common Core, but the parent said in another Facebook comment he was told the workbook was created by two former Grant teachers before Common Core was implemented. The workbook, he explained, was intended for use only at that school.
He also said the reference to registration was intended to illustrate how some states regulate firearms.
"I explained those are state laws and have nothing to do with the Constitution," the parent added.
He also said that after a half-hour discussion, his son's teacher and the head of the history department agreed the workbook needs to be changed.
“I even told the school officials I talked to that you can’t reword the Constitution to what you think it should be and you should only teach what it is,” the parent said, according to Infowars. “We live in a society where children are being taught to fear firearms instead of embracing them and our shooting sports. Heck, 50-60 years ago you had police officers coming into schools teaching firearm safety and now we have schools teaching false information and fear. It’s a sad time.”
The picture has since gone viral on the Internet, and is spreading all over Facebook.
Although not related to Common Core, the lesson illustrates what many young people are being taught in public schools.
As we reported last October, an Arkansas parent was surprised to learn her daughter was given a team assignment to revise the Bill of Rights, pruning two amendments from the Constitution while adding two others. The assignment assumed the government had declared the Bill of Rights “is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”
Multiple calls to the school went unanswered.
Update: The school district now says it will edit the book, "if and when" it is used again. More here.
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