The superintendent of the Illinois school district that teaches a politically distorted version of the right to bear arms sees nothing wrong with the flawed school workbook and accuses critics of being “people for whom the Second Amendment is a heartburn issue.”
The Springfield Public School District made headlines nationally last week with a story about a workbook for seventh-grade students that said the Second Amendment “states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison.”
That’s not at all what the Second Amendment states, of course. But Superintendent Bob Hill told radio station 970 WMAY on Monday he has no plans to change it.
“A lot of people who have called me have asked me to pull the book, which I told them I wouldn’t do,” he said. “Which is not the answer they want.”
Well, no, it’s not the answer they want, because what the workbook is teaching is factually wrong – but Hill claims that’s not the whole story.
“It’s an attempt to say, ‘here’s what happens with the right to bear arms in the context of 2014,’” Hill told the radio station. “To take a piece of written material like this and pull it out of the context in the classroom … actually is pretty unfair.”
Hill dismisses critics of the workbook as “mostly people for whom the Second Amendment is a heartburn issue.”