CT school teaches that Americans don’t have constitutional right to bear arms

CT school teaches that Americans don’t have constitutional right to bear arms

Worksheet on Second AmendmentHow far will the nation’s schools go in the expressed interest of shielding our children from another Newtown? How’s rewriting the Constitution sound? It doesn’t sound all that great to Steven Boibeaux, of Bristol, Conn., whose son attends Northeast Middle School.

Fox News’s Todd Starnes reports that on Monday, the eighth-grader received a worksheet from his social studies teacher titled “The Second Amendment Today.”

What makes this fundamental freedom different today from how it was envisioned by our founding fathers, according to the worksheet, is that it no longer guarantees the right to bear arms.

The worksheet, published by Instructional Fair, a division of Carson-Dellosa Publishing, advises:

The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms. The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.

It goes on to allow as how the Second Amendment is not incorporated against the states:

This means that the rights of this amendment are not extended to the individual citizens of the states. So a person has no right to complain about a Second Amendment violation by state laws.

According to the document, the Second Amendment “only provides the right of a state to keep an armed National Guard.”

Steven Boibeaux says he is appalled. “It sounds to me like they are trying to indoctrinate our kids.”

Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, agreed, calling the lesson “propaganda” and “absolutely false”:

In fact, the US Supreme Court has affirmed that the Second Amendment ensures the individual the right to bear arms. The progressive interpretation of the Second Amendment is that it doesn’t give you the right to bear arms — that it’s a corporate right of the government — but that has been rejected by the Courts.

Starnes reports that Ellen Solek, the superintendent of the school district, has indicated to Fox News that they have decided to pull the assignment from the classroom. But at what cost to students who have been taken in by the blather disseminated by Instructional Fair and its ilk?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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