Middle School Workbook Reportedly Includes What Could Be the Most Outrageous Definition of the Second Amendment Yet | TheBlaze.com

An Illinois father claims a workbook that teaches the Second Amendment comes with a requirement to register firearms was handed out to seventh-graders at Grant Middle School in Springfield, including his own son.

An image posted on the Illinois Gun Owners Rights Facebook page shows a worksheet that defines the Second Amendment as the following:

“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.”


The parent reportedly spoke anonymously to Storyleak.com and the Examiner about the workbook, which he says includes a summary of the entire Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

“My son was given a workbook at school that is a compilation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 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,” the parent reportedly said.

The parent says he confronted Grant Middle School officials and told them that they “can’t reword the Constitution to what you think it should be.”

In an email to TheBlaze, the parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirmed that his son received the workbook and immediately brought it to his attention.

The following day, the parent says he went to the school and talked to his son’s history teacher and the head of the history department. After a “civil conversation,” he was informed that two teachers no longer with the school created the workbook several years ago, but it has continued to be used. The officials also assured him they are taking his concerns seriously and vowed to “go to the proper people to have it changed.”

“I feel this situation will be resolved, and very soon,” he told TheBlaze.

The Second Amendment as written in the U.S. Constitution 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 said the school is now getting “bombarded with messages” about the material from concerned parents across the country.

Responding to speculation that the information was linked to Common Core, the dad told the Examiner that the workbook was created by two former teachers at Grant Middle School before the controversial national standards were implemented. The workbook, he claims, was only intended for use at the one school.

We made several attempts to contact the school, but it was after hours.

This story has been updated with additional information.