Illinois School Rewrites 2nd Amendment in Workbook

When Rich Kinison's son showed him his U.S. Constitution workbook, Kinison couldn't believe the nonsense he was reading was actually being taught at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., and, presumably, at other junior high schools across the state and the nation.

In explaining the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the workbook states in clear black-and-white: "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."

You don't have to be any kind of constitutional scholar or historian to know the Second Amendment contains no gun registration requirement whatsoever. Kinison's 12-year-old son knew this but, apparently, his teachers at Grant Middle School -- formally known as U.S. Grant Middle School -- did not.

The seventh-grader "saw that they were stating that only 'certain guns' could be owned and that they had to be 'registered,' which he knew was false," Kinison said. "He bought 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."

Kinison brought the misinformation to the attention of the school. Administrators said the teachers who created the workbook "years ago" are no longer affiliated with the school and said they would make the "appropriate corrections."

But the workbooks remain in use in Springfield and throughout Illinois, which angers Kinison and other parents who want their children educated, not indoctrinated.

"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," Kinison said. "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."

According to Mikael Thalen of Storyleak.com, who broke this story on March 21, "false information regarding the Bill of Rights and Constitution is rampant throughout the public school system."

In 2013, Thalen wrote that Common Core -- the academic curriculum pushed by the Obama Administration -- produced a "most widely adopted history textbook" that stated Americans only have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.

Thalen also reported last year that sixth grade students in Arkansas were given an assignment to "revise" the "outdated" Bill of Rights, suggesting that the government can grant and remove inalienable rights.

There are only two reasons why such a blatantly incorrect statement would be allowed to stay in print for so long without anyone objecting, writes Warner Todd Huston in a March 24 wizbang.com blog -- stupidity or "purposeful misinformation."

"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," he wrote. "Administrators and teachers should have noticed this issue long before Mr. Kinison raised the issue. Again, it should be noted that this school is in the capital of the most corrupt state in the nation. It should also be noted that this is the same state that still has the most restrictions on its citizens' Second Amendment rights and was the last state in the union to allow concealed carry, so no one should be surprised that this corrupt school in this corrupt state is lying to its students about their rights."

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