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Parents Outraged: School Twists Meaning Of Second Amendment

second amendment schoolA Second Amendment workbook at an Illinois public school has parents outraged.

The bizarre definition in the workbook of the right to bear arms definitely does not mirror the one written by our Founding Fathers:

This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.

Bob Hill, the superintendent of the Springfield Public Schools District, told WMAY the district does not plan to remove the controversial workbook from the Grant Middle School classroom, despite the inaccuracies pointed out by a multitude of parents.

The actual definition of the Second Amendment reads: “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.”

According to the Springfield school official, the workbook at the heart of the controversy is not the only resource that offers a definition of the Second Amendment. Hill also argued that the interpretation found in the workbook informs students about “what happens with the right to bear arms in the context of 2014.”

[At] no place in the book does it portray that that is the Second Amendment — it’s a study guide summary of the Second Amendment and the impact of the Second Amendment on the lives of people today,” he told the station.

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Some states and cities do require the registration of firearms, he said.

But the text presented in the right to bear arms summary does not state that “some” places require registration. The workbook presents registration of all firearms everywhere as a fact and offers no details about how such laws apply to specific types of weapons and vary by location. Students undoubtedly walk away from the assignment thinking that if they one day own any type of gun, it will have to be registered with the government, regardless of where they call home.

One unnamed father told Storyleak:

When they covered the Second Amendment, he saw that they were stating that only ‘certain guns’ could be owned and that they had to be ‘registered,’ which he knew was false. He brought this to my attention as he felt it was wrong to teach these things that aren’t true. I’m extremely proud of my son for his actions. Me and my children are active gun enthusiasts and supporters of the Second Amendment. I have discussed the Second Amendment with them several times and explained what it meant and its importance to our country.

Second Amendment supporting parents have voiced concerns that the workbook is biased to a particular point of view about guns, and by extension, gun control. Hill claims that the workbook does not “proselytize” a particular political point of view. He went on to maintain that removing the workbook from classrooms at this point is “pretty unfair relative to what the teacher has going on.”

The workbook was created by a teacher who has since retired. During an interview with The Blaze, a father who made the world aware of the flawed teaching resource said he had met with both his son’s teacher and the head of the history department at the school. The father had been assured that his concerns would be addressed, but if removal of inaccurate information was the ultimate goal, that does not appear to be in the cards.

What do you think? Should the school remove the workbook from the classroom? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Clinton E. Trammel

    The workbook should be removed. The Constitution does not change over time unless amended. The school administration has deliberately clouded the 2nd Amendment to conform with their own definition. These people are supposed to be educators. It makes me wonder what else they are teaching the children in that school. The workbook should be removed, and maybe the Administrators as well!

  2. “The Constitution does not change over time unless amended. ”

    The Constitution does not change over time unless PROPERLY amended. Remove Bob Hill, the superintendent of the Springfield Public Schools District because he is working against our nation and our LEGITIMATE government. That, by the way, is treason. Treason does not necessarily mean a weapon must be involved.

    The constitution itself declares, that treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort: and that no person shall be convicted of treason, unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

    Black’s Law Dictionary: The offense of attempting to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance; or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power. In adhering to the enemies of the realm, giving to them aid and comfort in the (king’s) realm or elsewhere.

    When one is supporting and teaching against the legitimate supreme law of this nation (the realm) that is aiding in the destruction of the realm by teaching falsehoods about what are our LEGITIMATE laws making it easier for the children to make bad decisions based on fallacious (not true or accurate) education being taught now later in life because of lies taught now.

    Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which SHALL BE MADE IN PURSUANCE THEREOF; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” (caps are mine)

    George Washington, Farewell Address: “If in the opinion of the people … but let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”

    Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States: “On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”
    “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”

    That school is teaching children falsehoods, which is NOT the purpose of a school unless it is used as Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and others used them – to retrain the children for a different government:

    ‘When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already…. What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’ Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), German dictator. speech, Nov. 6, 1933. Quoted in William L. Shirer, “Education in the Third Reich,” ch. 8, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959)

    ”Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas”. Joseph Stalin

    “Your children will live under Communism…
    You Americans are so gullible.  No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you finally wake-up and find that you already have Communism.  We won’t have to fight you, we’ll so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” Nikita Khrushschev, Premier of the Soviet Union, 1958 to 1964 in a recorded conversation with Ezra Taft Benson, President Eisenhower’s Secretary of Agriculture in 1959.

    Nikita Khrushchev, 1960: “We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.”

    “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.” – Lenin

    “Give me two generations of children of Americans in school without God and I will take the nation without firing a shot!” – Lenin

    ”We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts – not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution” Abe Lincoln

    In Silveira v. Lockyer, 328 F.3d 567 (2003), Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reminded us that the Second Amendment is not about duck hunting:
    “All too many of the other great tragedies of history – Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few – were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. … If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.
    “My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for re-election and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.
    “Fortunately, the Framers were wise enough to entrench the right of the people to keep and bear arms within our constitutional structure. The purpose and importance of that right was still fresh in their minds, and they spelled it out clearly so it would not be forgotten.” Judge Alex Kozinski

    “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the “high powers” delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.’ A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.” Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402

    Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights: “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them.”

    Our children must understand that the US Constitution restrains and defines the federal government, assigns it the duties it is allowed to perform, and – for further safety of freedom – splits those duties between three branches. They also must know that the Bill of Rights puts MORE limitations upon those who serve within our government.

    Preamble to the Bill of Rights: “THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

    That the Bill of Rights is inalienable; cannot be altered, modified or done away with by anyone within the federal government. Prior to establishing governments all people lived in a” state of nature”.  There were no constitutions, statutory laws, rules, or regulations that governed people. They had the right to life, to self defense, to travel, to property – until ruler(s) took that right away from them, etc. Those are inalienable natural rights. Governments do not grant rights.  The Bill of Rights imposes restrictions on the federal government.  States’ Bills or Declarations of Rights are restrictions on state governments. 

    If government is empowered to determine property rights they have usurped our natural rights and supplanted them with government bestowed legal rights. when the masses believe the purpose of government is to manage society and the economy all of humanity loses their natural rights to government.   All administered by a massive government bureaucracy predicated upon force (LEO’s) and coercion (fines and prison). 

    F.A. Hayek captured the essence of this social and political conflict when he wrote, “Whether a man should give away freedom, private initiative, and individual responsibility and surrender to the guardianship of a gigantic apparatus of compulsion and coercion, the socialist state.”

    That is why our children must be taught the TRUE Bill of Rights, the REAL US Constitution not the interpretation of it.

    Also, the supreme court was NEVER given the duty to interpret the US Constitution. It was given the duty to make sure that all laws, bills, treaties, etc were in Pursuance thereof the US Constitution – read it yourself!

    They gave themselves “interpretation powers which is usurpation. They gave the governments “emergency powers” while lawfully there ARE none within the USA. “Emergency Powers” are the direct opposite of the US Constitution so it lawfully does NOT exist here – another usurpation only the supreme court gave it to the governments – a “power” the Supremes were not given to use or to assign to another branch.

  3. Don’t just remove the workbook, remove the whole COMMON CORE!!! Are you so naive that you don’t realize that COMMON CORE is nothing less than LEFT BIASED GOVERNMENT INDOCTRINATION!?

  4. Well, gee, John.. everyone will surely take your opinion to heart now that you’ve typed in CAPS, perpetuated the concept that upholding the Constitution is a task only for the right wing “Republicans”, and an insult has been preassigned for anyone who doesn’t automatically agree with your Common Core view-a topic that wasn’t even being discussed in this article. How about being irate because, politically divided interpretations aside, this workbook is flat out false. That is nowhere near what the 2nd amendment says.

  5. As the right to bear these arms is inextricably linked to the maintaining of a well regulated militia, I assume that all those bearing arms can be called on by the state to form a part of the militia should need arise? and as a free America is a prerequisite of a free state, I assume that all gun bearers are willing to be called up if the freedom of America is threatened?

    So it would appear that a state can restrict the type and use of weapons simply by the formation of a state militia and regulating it to make it fit for purpose.

    I’m a UK citizen so not affected by this constitution.

    • According to the US Code, the militia consists of………..

      (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
      (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

      So it doesn’t matter if you are a gun owner or not. If you are under under 45 n and not a felon, you are in the militia!

      • Jim,

        Thanks for the response, what I meant was that within any state the gun owner would be de-facto a militia man by claiming the right to bear arms… So having a weapon and claiming a right under the constitution meant you explicitly agreed to go if the call came.

        The very ownership of the weapon was your tacit agreement. Then the state could impose all and any restrictions it wished, in theory, over the arms by virtue of the regulated militia wording.

        So if a state does not have a well regulated STATE militia, then surely no right to bear arms would exist. I assume your National Guard would not be under state control in any State v Federal conflict?

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